MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2018 AT 7.15PM.
Ray Taylor (chair), nineteen members, TDC Cllr Carol Messenger, and WTC Cllr Matthew Scott.
Apologies had been received from Vivien Osborne, Sam Secomb, and TDC Cllr Sam Bambridge.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (08/10/18), which had been circulated, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Mavis Vaughan sec. by Pat Sawyer-Jones, and adopted, and signed.
1) Road Surface, Canterbury Road. Cllr Carol Messenger had made enquiries and was informed that remedial works are due next year.
2) Vans with Duplicate Number Plates. The police are investigating this, one of the vans appears to have gone. No further update given to Cllr Messenger.
3) Inconsiderate Parking in Lymington Road Area. The enforcement team has been asked to monitor this.
4) Drain Problems. The exact location of any drain problem should be given in order to clarify if the responsibility is that of KCC or Southern Water. There is a considerable problem with the road adjacent to The Swan where a local resident has been removing leaves to prevent flooding.
5) Question from the floor. Parking on Verges. This is still ongoing, some posts have been put up and some enforcement has been carried out by TDC. The problem is particularly noticeable in Westbrook Avenue near Bridge Road.
6) Planning Application 18 – 20A Station Road. This has been passed, most of the trees did not have a preservation order. One member was concerned that a tall sycamore had soil removed from the base and some root damage, which could cause it to fall.
7) The Knot. Where the micropub had been proposed under the original planning application a flat is now proposed. There have been objections to alterations to the original plan.
8) Cllr Messenger congratulated and thanked the WTC for the beacon event.
REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC. PCSOs and Wardens.
TDC Cllr Carol Messenger: Report has been covered under matters arising.
WTC Cllr Matthew Scott:
1) Drains. The Town Clerk has asked operatives to keep drains clear to prevent flooding.
2) Litter bins. New bins have been installed in Westgate where needed.
3) Speedwatch. Two sets of equipment have been obtained that show vehicle speeds. More volunteers are required
4) Beacon 11th November. This was a good event and there has been positive feed back.
Questions arose as to the frequency of bin emptying, and the closure of toilets on the front whilst some short term rental on beach huts continued. Cllr Messenger informed the meeting that a review across the district is to take place concerning toilets. Cllr Scott had no further news about the equipment stolen from the blue shed. The defibrillators are awaiting fixings at Edwards shop and the Lymington Road Community Centre.
KCC WARDEN Laura Bungard: (October report sent in and read out by the chairman).
1) Roads. Quite a few potholes filled by KCC , and blocked drains reported, sometimes the contractor has difficulty accessing the drains due to car parking.
2) Vehicles without MOT. These are reported to police for action.
3) Heating for Retired/Elderly. A scheme “Kent and Medway Warm Homes”, a partnership between KCC and district councils may give grants and help to those eligible. Contact for this is Tel 0800 1701174 or htts://kentccself.achieveservice.com/service/warmhomesreferrals.
4) One House in Westgate is still dealing drugs and has been reported to council, police, and DVLA, any residents with concerns or caused nuisance should report this to the police and Gordon Hunt at TDC.
5) Residents who may be elderly/vulnerable are visited in co-ordination with Trading Standards who can help victims of scams.
6) Laura may be contacted by phone 07969 583922 or by email email@example.com .
1) Bake House. The original opening date has had to be postponed due to further work, but it is hoped to open again soon. Don Eacott had noticed some of the bricks and lime mortar were in poor condition. Ray confirmed that there would be new air bricks.
2) Remembrance Display. The W&WRA display is excellent and has kindly been given space in the Westgate USC, and will be there until 15th November. Cllr Bob Micallef has asked to keep the poppies for display next year.
3) Festive New Year Lunch. This will be on 13th January 2019 at St Augustines. There will be tables of ten and booking/menu forms will be available which should be returned by 7th December.
4) Summer Beach Party. On 9th June 2019, at West Bay with snacks and hot dogs etc available from the cafe.
5) Flooding. This has been mainly due to leaves and litter in various venues. Due to parking the operatives have not been able to reach all the drains.
6) Christmas Lights Switch-on in Westgate. This is on Friday 2nd December. The W&WRA usually wrap the presents and has been offered use of the WTC room should the Bake House not be open. Some water has got into a few of the lights and an electrician is looking at the problem. The grotto will be at Evans Fencing.
The police had advised all to take care to reduce vehicle crime, by removing all valuables, and suction marks made by sat nav systems, and checking that vehicles are securely locked. Prowlers in thee night have been trying car doors, and have been seen on CCTV doing this and stealing door step milk.
1) 11, Audley Avenue. Part retrospective application for single storey pitched roof rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory.
2) 29, Royal Esplanade. Application for change of use of existing dwelling to 3 x 2-bed and 2 x 1-bed self contained flats.
3) 19, St Crispins Road. Application for single storey side extension and front porch with formation of vehicle access and parking area.
4) 11, Royal Esplanade. Application for erection of 2 storey 2 bed attached dwelling with dormers to front and rear.
5) 73, St Mildred's Road. Application for balcony and replacement of window to French doors at first floor.
6) 25, Fitzmary Avenue. Application for single storey side and rear extensions.
7) Westgate-on-Sea United Services Club. Application for installation of solar panels.
8) Land N/W of former Seabathing Hospital. Application for 9 x 2-bed two storey dwellings with parking, access, and landscaping.
9) Lockwoods Yard. Application for part 2/3/4 storey 1200sqm extension light industrial use to E and N perimeters with parking and demolition of paint store. GRANTED
10) Land Adjacent to Old School Hall, Dent de Lion Road. Outline application for two semi-detached dwellings with parking and access. REFUSED
11) 197, Westbrook Avenue. Application for single storey side and rear extension to provide annex. GRANTED
Bank balance stands at £7,157. Refunds due to the AA £71.50 and EKIDS £18 for sessions cancelled due to the Bake House closure. There are no monies coming in for refreshments at present.
Ray Taylor reported that the magazines were out and had been mostly delivered. Improvement in the legibility of some parts would be sought for the next issue.
The editor was congratulated by the meeting for a good magazine.
Mavis reported the only card required this month was for a member who had broken a knee cap.
Christina thanked road stewards for prompt delivery of the magazine to members.
Westgate Heritage Centre: Saturday 1st December at 10.00am at THE SWAN, “Memories of Fairdales” - by members of the Heritage Centre with slides of events by Colin Osborne.
Civic Society: 13th December at the Walpole Bay Hotel at 7.30pm , Christmas Social and 50th Anniversary celebration with 1960s films , music, and photo quiz, raffle and refreshments. All welcome, there will be a small charge for non-members.
Pat Castle had sent in a print of the poppy display as well as notification of the next meeting.
1) New Year Lunch. Christina confirmed the date is Sunday 13th January 2019, and there would be four options for each course, tickets are £24.
2) Next social lunch at The Swan is Sunday 18th November, contact Viv Osborne for reservations.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) New Litter Bins. Chris Wyer was concerned that any of these near food outlets could be subject to dumping.
2) Barnes Car Park. The over night parking has continued.
3) Draft Local Plan Consultation. The objections have been sent through and also the CPRE have sent many objections.
4) Chairman Ray Taylor announced that he would not be seeking re-election as chairman or editor at the AGM in May. This was noted with great regret by the meeting.
Monday 10th December at The Bake House.