MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE WESTBOOK BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 14th MAY 2018 AT 7.15P.M.
John Pye, (acting chairman), twenty four members, and TDC Cllrs Ash Ashbee, Sam Bambridge, and Carol Messenger, and WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford, Hannah Scott, and Matthew Scott.
John welcomed all to the meeting.
Apologies had been received from Cllr Mick Tomlinson, Janet Smith, and Christina ans Ray Taylor.
MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM (8th May 2017)
These as circulated were adopted on a prop. by Don Eacott, sec. by Sam Secomb, and signed.
This was read out by the meeting's acting chairman.
Mick Tomlinson first had expressed his apologies for absence due to duties at the TDC Mayor making.
The year has been busy dealing with problems at Barnes Car Park, and ongoing issues of the homeless, and planning applications for large housing developments. However Westcliff House on Sea Road should be brought back to life with a good development.
The delay in the DCO application for Manston Airport has caused concern.
The Charter Trustees have agreed to draw a line on the financial situation with Westgate-on-Sea Town Council.
The Diamond Jubilee (60th) Celebrations in June are being prepared, a great deal of work is going on in the background. The chairman also thanked all members of the committee for their hard work in their respective offices.
The Data Protection Act is a new issue to be dealt with.
Car parking, the KCC is applying this but ward Councillors will be able to give guidance on how to object.
Mick thanked all members for supporting him especially as there are occasions when there is a clash with council meetings and he cannot attend. He looked forward to continuing with the friendly meetings for the forth coming year.
Sam Secomb presented the accounts for the year. Dennis Jarvis had again audited them, there had been just one receipt missing for a small amount. Sam pointed out that due to the financial year end being brought forward to allow the accounts to be completed for the AGM nine months are compared with twelve months. A surplus of £1,301 had been made, and this allowed for expenditure for the diamond jubilee celebrations.
New committee members elected this evening will be requested to fill in details for the bank.
Mavis reported that forty eight cards had been sent pout to members over the year.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
The following nominees had been proposed and seconded, and were duly elected :--
Chairman Mick Tomlinson
Vice-Chairman Ray Taylor
Secretary Pat Sawyer-Jones
Treasurer Samantha Secomb
Minute Secretary Chris Whittingham
Editor Ray Taylor
Social Organiser Vivien Osborne
Membership Secretary Christina Taylor
Sunshine (Visitor) Friend Mavis Vaughan
Press Officer Pat Castle
Committee Members John Pye
ANY OTHER (AGM) BUSINESS
The acting chairman then closed the AGM at 7.55p.m.
MINUTES OF A SHORT GENERAL MEETING HELD AT WESTBROOK BOWLS CLUB FOLLOWING THE AGM ON 15th MAY 2018 AT 7.50 P.M.
In the absence of Mick Tomlinson, it was agreed for John Pye to take the chair.
MINUTES OF THE LAST GENERAL MEETING (9th April 2018)
These were circulated, amended, and adopted on a prop. by Jane Ashbee-Welch sec. by Samantha Secomb, and signed.
1) Post Boxes. Tony Snow pointed out that whilst it was good that local post boxes were to be refurbished, no start date has as yet been announced.
2) Cars left parked in Rowena and other roads. These had had police notices attached, and if still left would be towed away.
3) Rough Sleepers. Cllr Ash Ashbee said there were questions of whether they were actually homeless or had chosen to be homeless and sleep out. Cllr Carol Messenger reported that at the NEM the previous week the police had been aware of the campers.
4) Cable Laying. Chris Wyer reported recently the engineers had been seen to push a vehicle out of their way and damage had been caused.
5) Flowers and TDC funding. This year no grant will be supplied by the TDC. A discussion followed as to the possibility oof the W&WRA paying for flowers, but the unanimous opinion was that it would be unfair to raise the subscription of all members to pay for Westgate flowers, especially as many members lived in Westbrook. A fund raising event was suggested. It was noted that TDC would plant bulbs that had been purchased and donated. Cllr Joanna Cornford offered to find out if the WTC could help.
6) Westbrook Undercliff. Tony Sykes reported that all the shrubs planted by volunteers, as part of the Bumble Bee project, were in flower and leaf.
WTC Cllr Matthew Scott: Objections to the proposed parking charges should be sent to TDC individually. The WTC are very much against the new parking proposals.
TDC Cllr Carol Messenger pointed out that objections must be sent to arrive by 29th May. There had been two hundred objections from Minnis Bay residents.
It was felt that if present parking regulations were enforced, the fines would produce more money than parking meters.
TDC waste and recycling now work with a split shift to give better bin clearance, there will be more bins some larger ones and some “smart” bins which will notify the TDC when full.
WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford: A vacancy existed on the WTC for a councillor, and nominations are invited. (James Brazier pointed out that nominees must live within three miles round Westgate). The new chairman is Cllr Martin Pennington.
TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee: Westbrook traders are meeting to discuss the proposed parking charges. On the new TDC website residents can type in “parking charges”, and can then find a link for objections.
TDC had cleared up well after the storms, and the traffic wardens are proving very vigilant.
KCC Warden Laura Bungard: (Report for April sent in and read by the acting chairman). Issues involved:
1) Long term car parking. Working with Gordon Hunt of TDC on cars in Rowena Road. These are to be removed immediately.
2) Young Man asking for bus fare, but lives in Westgate and requires money for other reasons.
3) Pot holes, these are being filled in by KCC Highways, but blocked drains remain a problem.
4) Rubbish/Bins. Reports sent regularly when necessary.
5) Vulnerable elderly visits continue.
6) Requests for yellow lines now go direct to KCC, a there is no one currently iin post at TDC.
7) Contact details for Laura: Tel 07969 583922, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Lockwood's Yard. James Brazier pointed out that there were two applications, one for listed consent, and one for the general outline of the proposal. Chris Wyer had been pleased to see this included reinstatement of the Victorian letter box.
Sam informed the meeting that there was £6,700 in the bank account, a bit higher than usual as the years subscriptions are coming in, and the anniversary party budget was included.
The charge for the renewal of the public liability insurance was £540.
Copy, script and articles for the next edition are required.
Westgate Heritage Centre. The next monthly meeting is on Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am in St Saviour's Church when there will be an illustrated talk by Dr Dawn Crouch “The Story of Three Will” Part III.
Margate Civic Society. Next meeting on Thursday 14th June at 7.30p.m. At the Walpole Bay Hotel when a talk will be given “Margate Caves and Thanet's Underground Heritage” by Rod LeGear MCIfA (Vice president Kent Archaeological Society, Chairman, Kent Underground Research Group).
James informed the meeting that the recent Town Pride awards had included 35 Sea Road, Westgate and the former Nurses Home at the Sea Bathing Hospital.
Ideas from members are invited, forms and suggestion box are in the Bake House.
DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Ray Taylor's report was read out by the acting chairman.
The food has been booked half from Frederick's and half from Angelo's. Bands poets, and artists are booked. The Neighbourhood Steering Group will have a display stand, and there will be a tombola. More tickets should be promoted to members, and names of those coming noted.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Canterbury Road. Members had noticed signs on the road near George V Avenue, hopefully indicating that repairs are soon to be carried out.
2) Rancorn Road. James had noticed an electric car charging bay had been set up on the north side of the road. Apparently planning permission cannot be refused for these, and the resident would have had to pay for it.
3) Committee. Cllr Ash Ashbee thanked all the committee for their hard work during the year.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 11th June 2018 7.00pm for 7.15pm, at the Bake House.
There being no further business, the meeting concluded at 8.52pm.