Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: St Alphege CE Infant School, Oxford Street, Whitstable CT5 1DA

Contact: Vanessa Montgomery, 01227 862 009, Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

294.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Clark.

 

295.

Declarations of any interests by councillors or officers

Councillors are reminded that the code of conduct as set out in the constitution still applies at these meetings. This means you are required to make declarations relating disclosable pecuniary interests and other significant interests and that you should consider any other voluntary announcements you would like to make.

Minutes:

Councillor Neil Baker made a voluntary announcement that he lived near the Southern Water treatment plant in Swalecliffe regarding item 6.

 

Councillors Ian Thomas, Caffery and Baker made voluntary announcements they were members of the planning committee in relation to the Future Items.

 

Councillor Spooner made a voluntary announcement he was the Chairman of the Joint Transportation Board in relation to item 5.

 

Councillor Ian Thomas made a voluntary announcement that he was a Kent County Councillor.

 

Councillor Kenny made a voluntary announcement that she lived near Millstrood Close in regards to item 5.

 

296.

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To confirm the minutes as a true record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 12 June 2019 were agreed as a true record. 

 

297.

Variation of the order of business

Minutes:

It was agreed by the Forum that the order of business at this meeting be amended and that agenda item 13 be taken immediately after agenda item 8.

298.

Mid-year consideration of changes to traffic regulation orders pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider the report from Richard Moore, Head of Transport and Environment.

 

(Appendix 2 Consultation Responses to follow.)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Councillor Spooner made a voluntary announcement he was the Chairman of the Joint Transportation Board and so would abstain from voting)

 

(Councillor Kenny made a voluntary announcement that she lived near Millstrood Close in regards to item 6940)

 

Ruth Goudie the Transportation Team Leader introduced the report that detailed proposals in the mid-year Parking Review for changes to parking restrictions. The Forum made comments and the officer gave points of clarification where necessary. During the course of the meeting those proposals which were debated were proposed, seconded and when put to a vote agreed. 

 

RECOMMENDED (to the Joint Transportation Board) that: action be taken on the following proposals as indicated below: 

 

Parking Proposal

Action

Voting record

For

Against

Abstain

Item 6900 High Street

No action

6

0

1

Item 6940 Millstrood Road

Implement as advertised

6

0

1

Item 7250 Primrose Way

Implement as advertised

6

0

1

 

The Forum discussed the lack of disabled parking in Whitstable and the Transportation Team leader agreed to investigate options for more bays in Whitstable town centre, any options would return to the Forum as part of the Annual Parking Review in March.

 

It was discussed that the annual parking review in March requires a lot of time at the Forum meeting and should therefore be a stand alone item on the agenda. It was then proposed, seconded and unanimously AGREED that the Annual Parking Review be a single item on the agenda.

 

299.

Southern Water Drainage Works at Gorrell Tank and Swalecliffe

To note the verbal update.

Minutes:

(Councillor Baker made a voluntary announcement that he lived near the Southern Water treatment plant in Swalecliffe)

 

The Director of Commissioned Services gave a verbal update that had been received from Laim Woolberton, Head of Engineering. He explained Southern Water had no major works planned for the Gorrell Tank in the near future. They continued to investigate options for a permanent long term solution for repairing the columns in the tank.

 

The car park was closed for one day on 3 July 2019 to allow a specialist contractor to inspect the columns. Southern Water would continue to undertake their regular structural surveys and these will be planned in advance to avoid disruption.

 

With regard to the Swalecliffe Treatment Works scheme, Southern Water are currently carrying out detailed design of the works. Dates for commencing construction will be shared when available.

 

He confirmed there was a diesel spill at the Swalecliffe Treatment Works which entered the Swalecliffe Brook on 31 July 2019. Canterbury City Council and the Environment Agency supported Southern Water with the containment and clean up exercise. The clean up operation was completed on 15th August 2019.

 

The Forum noted the update and made a request that more detail regarding the timescale for further works at Gorrell Tank and further clarification be given at a future meeting.

 

300.

Beacons on the slopes

To note the verbal update.

Minutes:

The Director of Commissioned Services gave a verbal update that had been received from Darren Ellis, the Civic Manager. He explained the company who were previously used for parts for the Beacons had gone into administration. A new company had been sourced and the parts required for repair to the Beacons had been ordered and should arrive by the end of September. He confirmed there was no national scheme to light the Beacons this year on Remembrance Sunday and currently the next planned lighting would be for the 75th anniversary of VE day in May 2020. 

 

The Forum noted the update.

 

301.

Question and Answer Session

This will last a maximum of 20 minutes.

Minutes:

A member of the public addressed the Forum and asked councillors if they could seek answers to the following question:

 

  1. Can anti-social behaviour in Whitstable be address at a future Forum meeting especially concerning issues in the Norman Road area?

 

The Forum discussed the request and Director of Commissioned services and the Forum agreed this would be a suitable agenda item and that an invitation would be extended to the Police to attend and also Doug Rattray the Head of Safer Neighbourhoods. 

 

302.

Future Items

To note the following items for future meetings of the Forum and to discuss possible items for the coming year:

 

·         Traffic management in Whitstable – To be confirmed

·         Annual on-street parking review - March 2020

 

(Local Plan Review previously appeared on this list but has been removed. There will be a formal approach to the Local Plan consultation which will be considered by Policy and Resources Committee in the autumn.)

 

Councillors and members of the public can request items to be included on future agendas by email democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

 

You can see the items requested since the start of this council here.

 

Minutes:

(Councillors Ian Thomas, Caffery and Baker made voluntary announcements they were members of the planning committee in relation to the Grammar School.)

 

This item was moved after a request from the Chairman that was agreed by the Forum.

 

The future items were noted and the following requests were made:

 

  • Potential new Grammar School in Herne Bay/Whitstable
  • Litter and Graffiti in Whitstable
  • Antisocial behaviour in Whitstable

 

303.

Monitoring Sheet pdf icon PDF 41 KB

The updates relating to the recommendations of previous Forum are contained in the Monitoring Sheet to note.

 

Minutes:

The monitoring sheet was noted by the Forum. 

 

The Forum also gave thanks to the Talk of Tankerton for all their hard work on the Great British High Street awards and encouraged people to vote online for Tankerton.

 

304.

Date of next meeting

6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Minutes:

6.30pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019.

 

305.

Any other urgent business to be heard in public

Minutes:

There was no discussion under this item.

306.

Any other urgent business to be heard following the exclusion of the press and public

It will be necessary to pass a resolution to exclude the press and public before business can be taken under this item.

Minutes:

There was no discussion under this item.