MINUTES OF A GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE BOWLS CLUB ON MONDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2017 AT 7.15PM.
Mick Tomlinson (Chair) twenty two members, and TDC Cllr Carol Partington, WTC Cllrs Joanna Cornford and Matthew Scott, and KCC Warden Laura Bungard.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting.
KCC WARDEN LAURA BUNGARD'S REPORT.
Laura reported working on highways issues, and in connection with this any complaints about the Virgin Media cable laying should be addressed to KCC Highways. Other issues include DVLA, Cars in Rowena Road, Rubbish & Fly tipping. Speedwatch training and associated risk assessment are being carried out.
The PCSO has moved on and a new one from Canterbury is to cover the area.
Scam warning, do not answer the door after dark, the TDC does not issue “posh” pedlars' licences, and fraudulent ones are being used.
Apologies had been received from TDC Cllrs Ash Ashbee and Sam Bambridge.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting, (09/10/17), which had been circulated, following an amendment replacing paragraph 8 of the chairman's report, were agreed as a correct record on a prop. by Don Eacott sec. by Denise Packer, and adopted, and signed.
1) St Mildred's Bay Green. The chairman confirmed that this area is not on the asset disposal list.
2) Yellow triangles on new cable junction boxes. Chris Wyer had found that these were only temporary.
REPORTS: Councillors-KCC, TDC, WTC. PCSOs and Wardens.
TDC Cllr Carol Partington:
1) Housing and Local Plan. Westgate were opposed to the housing numbers proposed and were fighting to come to a solution. After 18th January 2018 the plan will go to public consultation and it is then the opportunity for residents to make their input.
2) Manston Airport. A majority of residents support the airport. The DCO will be put in during November which could save the airport, the chairman noted that it is at present left out of the draft plan. Tony Sykes reminded members that objections may be madee to the Stone Hill plan.
WTC Cllr Joanna Cornford:
1) Communication. Until a new town clerk was appointed, residents with items of concern should email one of the WTC councillors.
2) St Mildred's Gardens. A no entry sign has been placed here as it is unsuitable for motor vehicles.
WTC Cllr Matthew Scott:
1) Cllr Scott thanked all for their welcome, and will be available to be approached concerning items as needed. Saturday will be a day when he hopes to set up a local surgery.
CHAIRMAN'S REPORT TDC Cllr Mick Tomlinson:
1) Death of KCC Councillor. For those not already aware Mick announced with regret the death of KCC Cllr Ken Gregory.
2) Hanging Baskets and Plants. The grant of £1,500 did arrive though rather late, and had been paid to the nursery. However the total bill was for £1,900, and the balance was to come from the Westgate TC, but had not as yet been paid.
3) Westbrook Undercliff Green. The entire site had been cut down including all plants and trees which had been put in and nurtured for six years by volunteers. There appears to have been a lack of communication between the council and contractors, and the council has now said they will replant the area. Tony Sykes said some of the shrubs cut down might grow again. There is also to be a bumble bee project in the area. Mick said he would keep a close eye on the situation.
4) Rough Sleepers. There are forty six known to be in Thanet. Some are in mobile homes in the Barnes Car Park, but also have residency in Thanet which makes it difficult for enforcement. Member John Pye said volunteers for Thanet Winter Shelter will provide for a number of them. TDC have contact details on their website under “signpost”.
5) Westbrook Cliff Top Shelters. Cllrs Ash and Mick hope to have these tidied up.
6) Street Cleaning. This had caused great problems. Westgate did have additional cleaners.
7) Westgate Forum. This was not the steering group as some members had thought, and appeared to be run by one person.
8) Quiz at the Bake House. Friday 24th November 7.00pm, £2.00.
Questions/Comments: James Brazier raised the question of boundary changes. Mick informed the meeting that the TDC is now not seeking to alter ward boundaries before the next elections so any anomalies would not be rectified until 2023.
The Westgate war memorial has now been listed by Historic England.
1) Police Email Messages. Mainly warnings to lock up cars and houses now the afternoons are becoming darker.
1) Tower House, 125, Canterbury Road. Application for installation of external boiler flues to the existing building.
2) 6, Cedric Road. Application for erection of single storey rear extension.
3) The Swan, 75, Sea Road. Application for erection of 1.7 metre boundary treatment to front and side elevations following demolition of existing wall together with insertion of UPVC windows and doors to front elevation.
4) Land West of hundred's Farm House, Canterbury Road. Application for outline permission for erection of three storey building containing 12 2-bed self contained flats with parking, access etc, following demolition of existing building.
5) 14, Westgate Bay Avenue. Formation of vehicular access. GRANTED.
6) Premier Inn Margate, Station Approach. Replacement of existing timber and aluminium windows with aluminium windows. GRANTED.
7) 89, Canterbury Road. Retrospective application for a change of use from A2 offices to A3 restaurant.
8) Royal Sea Bathing Hospital. Variation of planning permission to alter design of approved car park.
9) 10, Buenos Ayres. Application for erection of balcony and replacement of existing window with doors to first floor rear.
10) 33, Norman Road. Application for erection of two storey side extension. GRANTED.
11) 64, Westgate Bay Avenue. Erection of 1.8M high timber fence to front boundary. WITHDRAWN.
12) 27, Elm Grove. Change of use from 1 dwelling to 2 3-bed dwellings with dormers to front and rear, raising roof, and installations of first floor window to side with associated parking. GRANTED.
13) Gate Lodge, Hundred's Farm. Erection of single storey side extension with dormer windows to front and rear. GRANTED.
14) 16, Warren Drive. Application for erection of conservatory to rear elevation.
15) 138A, Minster Road. Application for formation of vehicular access together with erection of 2M high fencing following demolition of part of boundary wall.
16) Flat 3, 1, Beach Rise. Application for replacement of existing sash windows to doors with Juliet balconies to rear elevation.
The bank balance reported near the end of October stood at £6,906.
Ray reported that the new magazines are ready to go out. Copy for the next issue will be very welcome.
Mavis had sent two cards out this month.
Christina reminded members that booking and menu choice forms are available from the Bake House for the New Year lunch at St Augustines on 14th January 2018.
Westgate Heritage Centre: Saturday 2nd December at 10.30am at St Saviour's Church, “Celebrating the Seasons”, an illustrated talk by Sally Whitworth.
Margate Civic Society: Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm at The Walpole Bay Hotel, social evening films Christmas raffle, quiz, and refreshments.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
1) Road Sweeping. Chris Wyer reported observations where small items of litter were collected but the leaves left behind. Other members had seen leaves collected up in bags, presumably for composting/recycling.
2) Remembrance Sunday. Ray Taylor thanked all those who had worked very hard to make the day a success.
3) Parking. Chris Wyer informed the meeting of a proposal to allow residents to phone TDC where parking causes problems.
4) Vice-Chairman. Since this position still remains vacant, the chairman will discuss with the committee the possible co-option that may be made to fill the position.
5) Remembrance Services. James Brazier commented on the wording on the wreath that had been prepared for the W&WRA by the British Legion. It was also noted that no wreath had been presented at the Margate ceremony by the W&WRA even though the Association also covered Westbrook. This had apparently not been considered before. It was further considered that the ceremony at Westgate took place at 12.00noon (after the church services) and not at 11.00am as in most places. These items would be considered for future years.
Monday 11th December, at the Bake House.
There being no other business the meeting concluded at 8.45pm.