WESTGATE AND WESTBROOK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE UNITED SERVICES CLUB ON MONDAY 13TH MAY 2013 AT 7.15P.M.
Tom King, chairman, and fifty six members, Guests Kerry Boyd (Ch of Garlinge RA), and Robert Burgess.
The chairman welcomed all to the meeting.
Apologies had been received from Eileen Cunnew, Stella Lindsell, Rosalind Morton (would be arriving later), Sylvia Sykes and Cllrs Jodie Hibbert and Simon Moores.
MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM (14th May 2012)
These as circulated were adopted on a prop. by Barbara Whitlock, sec. by Don Eacott, and signed.
There were no matters arising.
Chairman Tom King spoke about various events that had taken place during the year:
St Saviour’s Church. New minister Rev Barbara Way had been installed, and many residents had attended the service.
Village Green Application. This had been made by Graham Ricketts, with help from Tony Sykes, and referred to the green field near the Ursuline Convent on Canterbury Road.
Westgate Surgery. Complete modernisation had taken place during the year.
Westgate Heritage Group. This had been re-launched and now had a full committee to assist Dr Dawn Crouch.
CCTV Camera Station Road. The W&WRA had contributed half the costs for this and there have been some good results.
Pancake Race. Due to very cold weather and ice this had been cancelled.
Olympic Torch. This had been carried through Westgate and a large number of local residents had come to see it.
East Kent Dementia Support. Thanks are due to Lorraine Hambidge who had worked very hard with this, and meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Bake House.
Cricket Club. Following the severe fire there had been a prompt rebuild of facilities ready for the new season.
Planning Applications. Some had been controversial. Sainsbury’s for the Canterbury Road had drawn a packed meeting, and had been refused on highways grounds. The Tesco application had had over two thousand signatures opposing the plans, and had been refused.
Micropub. A new one opened in Lymington Road.
By-Election. This had resulted in Westgate’s youngest councillor, Jodie Hibbert joining TDC.
New Year Lunch. The chairman thanked Allison Moores, Debi Day, Lorraine Hambidge, and Jennifer Sawney who had worked very hard to make this a good success.
Editor. Brian Gilbert had stood down after many years as editor, and was warmly thanked for his work.
Finally the chairman thanked all who had helped the W&WRA in any way during the year.
The chairman was then thanked for his work over the year.
The report was given by Allison Moores. Copies of the accounts had been circulated, and these had been signed off as accurate by the auditor. There had been a deficit during the year mainly due to the expenses of Health and safety equipment necessary for the Bake House, and the jubilee celebrations. Membership monies had been difficult to reconcile as no accurate up to date list had been available, and one road steward had withheld money for some time.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY’S REPORT
The report had been prepared by Rosalind Morton and was read by the chairman. Membership stood at 972, (494 single and 239 double). Each year there is about 10% turnover mainly due to illness death or members moving away, so to maintain membership approximately 100 new members are needed each year. During the last year there were 105 new members, there had been several membership drives, the most successful of these being the “invite a neighbour” campaign.
The road stewards were warmly thanked for all their work, and also those who had now stepped down. More road stewards are urgently required. During the year informal meetings with road stewards had taken place where ideas had been shared. Gated areas or blocks with no external letterboxes had been a recurring issue.
Robert Burgess gave a report, and said it had been a difficult two to three years with the budget and trying to keep frontline services going.
Local involvement with part of a group had helped to start up the “Strength” youth club in Westgate, and there are another three youth clubs as part of the project, providing activities for young people most nights.
“Make Kent Quicker”, this campaign is going well and is improving broadband speeds.
The chairman thanked Robert for his work in the area over the years.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
Chairman Tom King asked Don Eacott to take over whilst all committee members stood down. The following nominees had been proposed and seconded, and were duly elected:–
Chairman Tom King
Vice-Chairman Mick Rooney
Secretary Stephanie Sutton
Treasurer Andrew Wheeler
Minute Secretary Chris Whittingham
Editor Derek Smith
Social Organiser NO NOMINATION
Membership Secretary Rosalind Morton
Sunshine (Visitor) Friend Margaret Owen
Press Officer Mike Linder
Committee Members Abigail Carden
ANY OTHER (AGM) BUSINESS
There being no other business, the chairman closed the AGM at 7.55p.m.
MINUTES OF A SHORT GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE UNITED SERVICES CLUB FOLLOWING THE AGM ON 13th MAY 2013 AT 8.00 P.M.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING (8th APRIL 2013)
These were circulated, and adopted on a prop. by Chris Smith sec. Mavis Vaughan, and signed.
CORRESPONDENCE & PLANNING
Ursuline Convent. Application for listed building consent for insertion of fire screen and new fire doors.
45 – 51 Sea Road. Application for extensive work on the site.
79, St Mildred’s Road. Application for development in garden area, this has been called in for the planning committee on Wednesday. The Westgate CAAG will be represented.
69, Sea Road. Application for proposed change of use from care home to eight flats, two storey rear extension, garage block, window alteration, steps, and other work.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
W&WRA & Frock-a-licious. Jacquie’s report was read by Barbara Whitlock. All who took part were warmly thanked and £350 had been raised for local good causes. Jacquie thanked the United Services Club for hosting the event, and the Westgate Retailers, and last but not least the “Fab-U-licious” models. The committee had agreed that the money would go to the following good causes in Westgate and Westbrook, each receiving £70 in the name of the W&WRA:
Westgate Royal School for the Deaf
St Crispins’s 50th Anniversary Party
Westbrook Girl Guides
Christ Church Voluntary Service
East Kent Independent Dementia Support
Dementia Friendly Community. Lorraine reported that Westgate had been nominated by KCC for this status.
Community Centre Quiz Night. This is to take place on Saturday with tables for six in each team. The chairman said that every effort will be made to support the community centre.
Next General Meeting. Monday 10th June when TDC solicitor Mr Harvey Patterson will speak on Parish Councils, benefits/pitfalls etc, and will welcome questions. A larger venue may be sought and this will be posted in good time.
CAAG Westgate. The chairman thanked this group, Chris Wyer, Jonathan Sands, Martin Powell, and Anne Short for their work in Westgate which is a unique area.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 10th June 2013.
There being no further business, Tom King thanked all for attending and the meeting concluded at 8.20pm.