MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 7th October 2013 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair)
Councillors I Squire, M Roberts, E Williams, TAG Williams
APOLOGIES: Councillor G Marsh and Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC)
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, PCSO Luke Dobby and PS Helen Douglas
a) Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th September 2013 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
b) Minutes of the Special Meeting held on the 19th September 2013 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
41 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk reported that the Play equipment was ready to be installed and the Chair confirmed that there had been an agreement with the Chair of the Residents & Tenants Association as to where it would be sited. The Vice Chair indicated that he was awaiting the start of the consultation on the traffic calming measures at LLwyn Onn.
42 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO Dobby introduced Sergeant Helen Douglas who was the acting head of the Rural Team. Sergeant Douglas explained that funding had been secured for a PCSO for the Industrial estate but was awaiting space to be made available at Redwither as a base. They then presented the crime statistics for the past month. These continued to show a high level of incidents, totalling 19. These included 6 Burglaries other than a dwelling, 2 Burglary at a dwelling, 1 case of Theft from a vehicle and 1 case of Theft and Handling, 4 incidence of Criminal damage and 2 anti social behaviour as well as 2 Violence against the person. Members again expressed their dismay at the level of cases and thanked the Sergeant for attending.
Members raised their concerns over local concerns including vandalism but generally asked for a higher visibility.
The Chair reminded Members about the letter from Councilor Hugh Jones, Lead Member at Wrexham CBC regarding priorities for the local PCSO. PCSO Dobby indicated that the Police priority was Burglary other than a dwelling and noted the Councils wish to have a higher visibility as their priority.
43 PROPOSED PRISON
The Chair reported on the recent Meeting with the Leader of the Wrexham Council where the concerns of local people were again reported. There had been a full discussion and the Leader had offered to establish a Liaison Group and also offered to try and organise a visit to Oakwood Prison if the Council wished to go.
After some discussion it was agreed to accept the offer for a visit but to suggest to the Council an idea the Vice Chair had raised with Lee Robinson one of Wrexham’s Directors whereby during the building phase somewhere locals and Councillors could call in with concerns etc. This was to be put to the Leader.
Members raised issues around whether the Prison would pay Council or business tax.
Members noted that the Planning Application had been received and confirmed that an Extraordinary Meeting would take place to discuss it with the date to be confirmed by the Clerk.
After some discussion it was further agreed to appoint Indigo Planning Limited as the Council’s advisers at a capped fee of £2500 excluding VAT.
44 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payments were authorised:
UHY Hacker Young – Audit Fee -£210.00
Residents & Tenants Association
– Xmas party contribution – £200.00
The Chair also signed the Clerks timesheet for the last three months.
45 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk summarised the monthly items of correspondence, which included:-
• The Annual Report of Tai Clwyd.
• The draft Annual Report from the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.
• Noted the Welsh Government Code of Practice on workforce matters.
• Noted the proposal to move the Custody Suite and administrative offices to LLay and to share office accommodation with Wrexham CBC in the town centre. Members again felt strongly that there should be a fixed Police presence on the industrial estate.
• Notice of GRANTING
P/2012/0826- 70 Clywedog Road East.
• Application P/2013/0641- Cattle Shed Extension, Old LLwyn Onn Farm – No adverse comments
• P/2013/0618 – Rear extension and detached Garage. Deferred.
47 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr E Williams asked that the “offsetting of the Roundabout on Cefn road be raised again with Darren Green.
48 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be on MONDAY 11th November 2013 at 7.00 pm at Abenbury Community Centre.
49 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.30pm