Thursday, 20 July 2017

WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK Residents' Association Meeting July 2017






Mick Tomlinson (Ch), and twenty members.

After welcoming members to the meeting the chairman recorded with regret the death of W&WRA vice-president Ron Wellingham, and a minute's silence was observed. 



Apologies had been received from Mavis Vaughan and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.  



The minutes of the last meeting, (12/06/17), which had been circulated were amended and then agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. by Chris Wyer, and adopted, and signed.



1)      Meeting Procedure.  Maureen Eacott brought up the way in which a limit had been placed on the number of AOB items raised by member Chris Wyer, as she did not think this had been done in the best way.  The chairman apologised to Chris Wyer, explaining that he had been trying to focus the attention of the meeting on items important to all.   

2)      Councillors at W&WRA Meetings.  James Brazier noted that no councillors other than the chairman were present, and members would very much like to hear from them what is proposed to happen in the community.  The chairman had emailed the WTC town clerk (also the KCC councillors), and spoken on the phone with regard to meeting her, and this will be followed up.  James said the second WTC news letter had been held up and residents had not had any reports.  It was suggested that the W&WRA secretary write to the town clerk for information.

3)      Blue Hut and former Putting Green, St Mildred's Bay.  Mick had made enquiries and the “adjacent land” by the hut referred to is only a small area, and the hut is not on the asset list to be sold.

4)      Flowers for Westgate.  This though late had been achieved, the TDC had eventually come up with £1,500 for the flowers.

5)      Camper Vans in Barnes Car Park and on the Grass by the Sunken Garden. Tony Sykes had also seen a camper and had been informed by TDC that Porchlight were trying to find him a home.  Although there had been seven camper vans and a horse box in the car park TDC said there had been no antisocial behaviour.  The chairman said that parking/camping in Barnes Car Park and the Royal Esplanade have been a problem for many years.  Parking on the grass or pathways is illegal, but many trippers down from London are happy to risk a fine.  It is very difficult to get things done with council services as they are, and this includes road sweeping.  Chris Wyer reported that community service workers have been clearing alleyways, and Tony Sykes said the Westgate Against Rubbish group have been doing a great job clearing the roads and beaches, and a vote of thanks was recorded.



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


KCC Warden Laura Bungard:

Laura had sent in her report which was read by the minute secretary:

Rogue traders have been around calling at residents' doors looking to do driveways, tree cutting, clearing, and gardening.  Estimates are not given and charges may be high.  If concerned call police on 101,or trading standards on 03454 04 05 06.  For a reliable trades person call 0333 0146 190 or email

Windows and doors and sheds should be kept locked.


Government Funding is available to apply for to replace old boilers and central heating, and if required should be applied for now before money is used up.  Apply at


Community Safety Unit. Laura has been out with Gordon Hunt (TDC) dealing with the situation in Rowena Road, the homeless in Westgate, neighbour disputes, untaxed vehicles reports etc.


Laura is happy to take calls regarding issues/problems on 07969 583922. 


TDC Cllr Mick Tomlinson:

1)      Kent County Council.  The area (formally Margate West) has been increased in size and there are now two  KCC councillors, namely Ken Gregory and Emma Dawson.  They have money to allocate to good  schemes in the ward, and application forms are on the website.

2)      Westgate Pavilion.  The TDC wish to dispose of this.  The London School of English would like to purchase it but TDC are not minded to let them buy it.  Disabled access has been a problem for some time and it is alleged that money was put aside for this but the work has never been carried out.  Chris Wyer pointed out that this is the only building available that could take a large meeting.

3)      Parking – Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting.  The meeting is in response for residents only parking in certain parks in Broadstairs and Ramsgate.  This does not affect proposals for Westbrook and Westgate or any on street parking proposals.

4)      Manston Airport.  There has been a very good  presentation by River Oak, details of which will go to the  cabinet.





Nil.  Items locally covered by KCC Warden Laura's report (page 2 above).





1)      14, Hundreds Close, Westgate.  Application for erection of two storey rear extension.

2)      Land North West of Seabathing Hospital.  Application for erection of ten 2 bedroom dwellings with parking, landscaping, and access.

3)      10, Mutrix Gardens. Application for erection of single storey rear extension.

4)      38, St Mildred's Road.  Application for installation of two condenser units to rear elevation.

5)      Former Nurses Home, Royal Sea Bathing Hospital.  Application for change of use of part of basement to one 2 bedroom self contained flat.

6)      97, Sea Road, Westgate.  Application for erection of two storey front and rear extensions, creation of balconies to front and rear, and external stone and timber cladding.

7)      Vodafone, 44, Station Road, Westgate..  Application for erection of 14.4 metre pole with three antennas to replace existing monopole together with new cabinets and access gates.

8)      16, Canterbury Road, Westgate.  GRANTED permission for erection of two storey side extension.  



No new report.  The recent report made at the committee meeting on 26th June 2017, showed the bank balance stood at £5,230.



Ray Taylor is preparing the next magazine which should be ready for August. 



The death of member Connie Foad was recorded with regret.



Christina reported that the membership data base has now been computerised.  The road stewards' lists will have a similar layout to the previous ones.



Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 5th August at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, a talk “Westgate-on-Sea in August 1917” by Dr Dawn Crouch.


Margate Civic Society: Regular meetings will resume in the Autumn. 

Heritage Open Day in September there will be “open house” for the Town Hall Buildings with Dr Dawn crouch and Joanna Cornford.

160 years of Margate as a Borough exhibition in the Museum Saturday 29th July.



1)      Sunday Lunches at the Swan are enjoyed and the next one is scheduled for 23rd July.

2)      29th July A number of members are going on the Carol Peters trip to a garden centre.

3)      Quiz Night at the Bake House was enjoyed by all who attended, Mick Tomlinson was warmly thanked for preparing this.

For forthcoming events watch the notice board and book your place.



1)      Post Boxes.  Tony Snow pointed out these were in a poor state, and the matter was taken up in 2016 when a reply was received stating that they would be repaired  by March 2017.  Mick agreed to chase this up.

2)      Caravans Parked in Roads.  Chris Wyer had observed caravans with jacks down and questioned the legality of this.  There was also a mobile home parked by  the bridge in Westbrook, (near the former office of Wright Tanton & Co).

3)      New Zebra Crossing.  This had been suggested near to the place where a child had been killed on the road.  Now the inquest had been completed councillors could be approached for consideration of a grant.

4)      Memorial Benches.  These were discussed as sometimes they were dressed with flowers or T shirts to the extent that it was difficult to sit on them. Regarding unauthorised memorials KCC Highways  should be able to give advice.

5)      Sunken Garden Seat.  Member Bob Loxley pointed out that a bench had suffered partial damage from fire and required attention.



 Monday 14th August, at the Bake House.



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

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