Saturday, 20 October 2018




Ray Taylor (chair), eighteen members, and TDC Cllr Carol Messenger. 

Apologies had been received from Pam O'Toole, Sam Secomb, Sylvia and Tony Sykes, Mavis Vaughan, TDC Cllr Sam Bambridge, WTC Cllr Matthew Scott, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.

The minutes of the last meeting, (10/09/18), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Tony Snow sec. by Cllr Carol Messenger, and adopted, and signed.

1)      Letter Boxes.  Chris Wyer informed the meeting that in Herne Bay a few of their letter boxes had been repainted, the refurbishment appears to be proceeding in a haphazard way.
2)      Planning Applications.  129, Sea Road,  application for demolition had been refused, and Cllr Carol Messenger confirmed there was no precedent for such demolitions.   
3)      Westgate-on-Sea town Council.  A vote for the co-option of a new councillor had taken place from three candidates and Robert Micallef had been elected.
4)      Trees at Meade's.  No further information available.    

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

TDC Cllr Carol Messenger:
1)      Bin Collections.  There had been a good improvement in this service.
2)      Lymington Road Traffic.  Complaints had been made concerning the speed  of cars, and the pedestrian crossing was not very well marked or lit.
3)      Fund Raising for British Legion/Poppy Appeal.  To mark one hundred years since WW1 and in memory of more than seventy men from Westgate who lost their lives, an event will take place at The Swan on 17th November which will include entertainment and a buffet.  Also the following week there will be  a quiz at the Community Centre to mark the one hundred years, the proceeds of this will go to the Community Centre.
4)      Grass Verges and Parking. In answer to a question  Cllr Carol Messenger said that KCC were responsible for the verges, but TDC councillors could investigate this and she would liaise with KCC Warden Laura Bungard.
5)      State of the Roads.  It was noted from the floor that some of the drains on the dual carriageway were blocked, and the surface of Canterbury Road by the BP garage was in poor condition.
6)      Possible Micropub at “The Nott”.  No further information available.  

KCC WARDEN Laura Bungard: (Sent in and read out by the chairman).
1)      Horse Lorry Parked Opposite Christ Church.  This is  partly on the pavement with one flat tyre and apparently abandoned has no MOT, and should be removed soon.
2)      Untaxed Cars.  Quite a few seen in Adrian Square, Victoria Avenue, and Cambourne Avenue, and other roads reported to DVLA.
3)      Pot Holes.  A number of small but deep ones seen in Garlinge Westbrook and Westgate.  All reported and awaiting repair.
4)      Two vehicles seen with the same registration number in the Linksfield  Road area reported to police.
5)      One House in Westgate is dealing drugs between 2.00am and 5.00am.  All registration numbers reported to Kent Police.
6)      KCC contacted again about pedestrian crossing in Westgate Bay Avenue where there is danger due to speed of cars.
7)      Blocked Drains.  There is a problem clearing these as cars are parked over them.  Laura has reported blocked drains again.
8)      Free Yoga and cooking for weight loss/diabetes is offered by Thanet Ageless at the Community Centre and Library.  Call 01843 296687 or email for information.
9)      Laura may be contacted by phone 07969 583922 or by email .

1)      Bake House.  This will be closed for October for redecoration, and is to reopen on 5th November.  It is also hoped to improve the acoustics by reducing the echos with wall hangings and fibre notice boards.
2)      Remembrance Day.  The W&WRA will be laying a wreath at the Westgate Memorial, Sea Road, and there will  be an appropriate display in the Bake House for two weeks.
3)      Dedication of Memorial in Lymington Road Recreation Ground.  This is to take place on Friday 2nd November at 2.00pm.  The memorial is by the entrance, and Dr Dawn Crouch is making all necessary arrangements.
4)      Stroke Centre Policy Demonstration.  This went well until it became political.
5)      QEQM Hospital A&E.  There is talk of downgrading this in spite of all the new proposed houses.
6)      Local Plan and Proposed Houses.  The letter writing took placed as arranged in the Bake House and the thirty letters were delivered.  Others wrote and posted their letters from home.  Cllr Carol messenger had leafletted many houses and surprisingly found numerous households oblivious to the proposals.
7)      MacMillan Coffee Morning.  This had raised £226 and was made up to £230.

A question from the floor about the lighting of beacons as part of Remembrance Day at 7.00pm, asked if it was known  if  a beacon is to be installed in the Rounder in St Mildred's Bay.  It was thought this was the case, and there may be a choir and piper near Millie's Bar.


1)      44, Westfield Road.  Application for erection of dormer window to front and rear to facilitate loft conversion.
2)      115A, Canterbury Road, (Opposite Dot's Cafe).  Application for erection of attached two storey building to accommodate 2-bed self contained maisonette, and ground floor office use following demolition of existing building.
3)      Unit 1, 18-20A, Station Road.  Proposed variation of condition 2 attached to planning permission, change of use from storage and distribution to community use to allow alterations to fenestration.  This is the former Meade's building and some members felt that an objection should be made as there are residents nearby, but this is not for community use of local people.
4)      16, Pembroke Avenue.  Application for erection of single storey front extension with change of use of garage to living accommodation.
5)      28, Argyle Avenue.  Application for erection of 2M high boundary fence to George V Avenue.
6)      Tamerisk, 105, Sea Road.  Application for erection of first floor balcony and terrace with UPVC french doors.
7)      Ursuline College, 225, Canterbury Road.  Application for listed building consent for refurbishment of “block C” including new door for fire exit and demolition of two storey building and single storey buildings by Canterbury Road to provide additional parking.

Bank balance stands at £7,171.  Advertising revenues are now paid, there is a bill to pay for the last magazine printing of £319.  

Ray Taylor reported that the next magazine should be out before Remembrance Day, and invited any more articles from members that could be included.

No report.

No new information.

Westgate Heritage Centre:  Saturday 3rd November at 10.30am at CHRIST CHURCH, “Commemorating the Centenary of the Great War” - A short talk by Dr Dawn Crouch on Westgate-on-Sea in November 1918, followed by a tribute to the men who lost their lives in the Great War.

Civic Society: 1st November at the Walpole Bay Hotel at 7.30pm there will be a talk by  John Drewy, Patron of The Nursing Memorial Appeal, “Time to Thank Them”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Pat Castle confirmed the monthly meeting report, and details of the lunch at The Swan had been sent in to the local press.

1)      New Year Lunch.  Christina informed the meeting that the requested date of Sunday 13th January 2019 still awaited confirmation from St Augustines.
2)      Next social lunch at The Swan is Sunday 21st October.  

1)      Fence by Green at St Mildred's Bay.  A member pointed out that this was falling down near the blue hut.  It was thought to be the responsibility of TDC. Ray agreed to look into this.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
2)      Pedestrian Crossing Survey in Westbrook Avenue.  The average speed had shown  as 36mph in the report which means some vehicles are travelling considerably faster, and member Bob Loxley asked if  the speedwatch team could include this in their rota of venues.                                             
3)      Defibrillators.  These had not as yet been placed around the town, it was believed that one was in the WTC offices.  Shops that are open for extended hours could make good venues.   
4)      Remembrance.  A suggestion of silhouettes for beaches or cliffs of outlines of soldiers was made.
5)      Sunken Gardens.  The planting in this previously neglected venue by volunteers was proceeding well.

Monday 12th November at The Bake House.  

There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.28pm.

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