2022 AGM Minutes
Wednesday 9th March 2022
Venue: St James Church Hall Time: 7pm
Present: Carol Allport, Carol Davids, TDC Cllr. John Dennis, Angela Day, KCC Cllr. Derek Crow-Brown,
KCC Cllr. Linda Wright, Reg. Holland, Dave Greely, Diane Alger, Clive Morris, Jan Morris, Jenny Jones, Keith Webb, Linda Webb, Roy Ovenden, Graham Marshall, Susan Young, Debi Knips, Eileen Cooke.
Apologies: Darren Allport, TDC Cllr. Kerry Boyd, PCSO Mark Vogle.
Carol welcomed everyone to the Annual General Meeting, so pleased to see such a good turnout. Our hearts go out to Ukraine and we pray for a peaceful solution.
The website is slowly being updated with the help of Dave Greely. Meetings will continue to be held at St James as we have been warmly welcomed. The monthly litter picks are ongoing but unfortunately only 3 or 4 members attend these, also the same for the planters in the village.
Treasurer gave updates on website and admin expenses still occurring during lock down, despite incomings as no members’ fees were collected and no functions permitted; which has reduced the overall balance. Members requiring further details can request a viewing of the full accounts.
Cllr. Derek Crow-Brown introduced himself as being responsible in this capacity for Children, Highways and Environment. He was also a Thanet District Councillor for 4 years. He thanked those who were helping to keep the village tidy as some members queried the absence of road sweeping in the village. Unfortunately TDC have to cut costs and there isn’t the manpower. Concern was expressed about housing developments at Westwood and beyond, especially regarding the road infrastructure and drainage. Derek claimed that KCC put infrastructure first and there was a rolling road scheme in place to improve the roads.
It was suggested that ‘SLOW’ signs should be at each end of Nash Road as it was dangerous in parts.
Cllr. Linda Wright, also TDC talked about how TDC twice refused the plans for the housing development at Shottendane Road but the developers took it to the Planning Inspectorate and they have been granted permission.
Linda is helping with provisions and medical supplies for Ukraine at Manston Airfield, and they have been overwhelmed with support. It is now felt that cash would be more helpful especially towards the cost of petrol. She will liaise with Carol for further details as to how members can support. Sir Roger Gale is also involved and trying to organise air space at Manston.
The councillors had attended a flood management meeting as builders and developers had been causing flooding and drainage issues with their excess waste at Monkton. In some areas the pipes contained about 80% concrete so a hotline report has been set up.
Southern Water is setting up a pilot scheme in 4 areas of Kent, one of them is Margate to improve flooding and drainage. Green roofs and smart water butts that automatically drain when rain is forecast have been mentioned.
TDC Cllr. John Dennis chaired the selection of the new committee.
Chair: Carol Allport Treasurer/Vice Chair: Carol Davids Secretary: Angela Day
Website/Art&Design: Dave Greely – Member/Handyman: Reg Holland – Member: Diane Alger
Any Other Business:
Various Members brought up the following but as this is an AGM they can be discussed fully at the next meeting: Margate Town Council- Budget? Portaloos at the Clocktower? Toilets at the Nayland Rock need upgrading, road sweeping and road islands.
TDC are still working from home. The chief executive is Madeline Homer and at the moment there is a large legal bill to be paid. The councillors are aware of failings within management and these are being addressed. John and Kerry are due to have a meeting in the near future with Madeline Homer.
The Chair thanked everyone for coming and the meeting closed at 7.55pm.
Next general meeting: May 2022 TBC.
Anyone wishing to renew their membership for 2022/23, please contact Carol for a Membership Form or complete and forward the interactive form on this website
Garlinge Residents’ Association programme of meetings and events
We hold general meetings for the committee to present updates; for approval of new proposals; planning for social events; a forum for any issues encountered by members, which the committee will help resolve; plus an opportunity to speak within the meeting or face-to- face at the end with your local councillors and PCSO for Garlinge Ward.
We run several quizzes a year. Everyone brings their own snacks and drinks and there is a cash prize for the winning team.
These meetings/events take place at St James’ Church Hall and details of dates and times are posted on the website and on the notice board by the Garlinge paper shop in the High Street.