MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 8th September 2014 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), E Williams, R Jones, I Squire, R G Lowden and TAG Williams.
APOLOGIES: Councillors P R Done and M Roberts.
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC)
Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th July 2014 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
34 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk confirmed that he had now received a reply from Edwina Hart via Lesley Griffiths AM. The Minister confirmed that the land had been transferred to the MoJ at nil value. The Chair said that he had exposed this to the press and Members expressed their concerns.
The Clerk had attended the Wrexham Town & Community council Forum. The most important issue discussed was the promise of earlier consultation on proposed Budget cuts for next year. This was likely to be in the order of £11m.However recent events at Wrexham probably meant that this would be delayed.
Members noted the proposals from the Welsh Government regarding the reform of Local Government and asked the Clerk to respond accordingly.
35 POLICING MATTERS
In the absence of PCSO Dave Jones there was no report to discuss. (NB. Later that evening PCSO Jones apologised for not being able to attend as he was involved in an incident. Attached to these minutes is the report he had intended to present.)
Cllr Morris informed the Council that a PCSO for the Industrial Estate had now been appointed and would be based at Redwither.
36 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payment was authorised:
Wrexham CBC – Employer Costs – £489.60
Wrexham CBC – Street Lighting Maintenance – £79.66
Wrexham CBC – Play Area Inspection – £518.00
UHY Hacker Young – Audit Fees – £270.00
The Clerk reported that the Annual Report had been confirmed and that notices needed to be placed in the Notice Boards.
The Current account contained £25,671.63 and the Reserve Account contained £5,469.72.
The Clerk reported the receipt of £4,050, being the third of the Precept. He also reported that he had submitted a VAT claim to the value of £788.72. He had also received a letter from the Wales Audit Office informing the Council that that a refund of £30 would be made.
37 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence received, which included:-
APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTENCE
Agreed to defer these until later meeting.
Cllr Lowden declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in item P/2014/0560. All other members are covered by the dispensation agreed for this application.
P/2014/0638 – Application for New Silos etc at Roil Foods 51 Clwyedog Road North.
P/2014/0582 – Change of use to allow takeaway hot food use at Units 15 to 17 Abenbury Way.
P/2014/0603 – Single Storey Side Extension at 15 Brook Close.
P/2014/0609 – retrospective application of siting Static Caravan for security Purposes, Unit 22 Abenbury Way.
Objection as danger of precedent for residential use. Alternatives are available for security.
P/2014/0560 – Reserved matters for Proposed Prison Development, former Firestone Site.
Objection on grounds of insufficient additional information on many reserved matters and in particular relating to landscaping.
39 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr M Morris reported that a resident had drawn his attention to the problem of salt bins being full of water. He had reported this but it was noted that at times the lids were being left open by children and were not heavy enough to remain shut in a bad wind. He also mentioned that the same resident had informed him of rubbish accumulating behind the garages. He had again reported this but the Chair indicated that this was still a problem He would chase up again.
Cllr TAG Williams referred to work being carried out at the old pub, Cllr Morris indicated that what was currently happening did not require planning permission, although he had asked the Planning Enforcement team to monitor the situation.
Cllr E Williams asked what was happening about Cefn road. Cllr Morris said that the Council had some money to fund a continuation of the cycleway, but as a painted lane on the existing carriageway. Additionally there would be funding for flashing 30 miles an hour signs. This was welcomed.
Cllr Iris Squire referred to concerns of road safety on Cefn road near the overhead footbridge. Cllr Morris was aware of the issue and would follow up with the Highways department.
40 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be held on MONDAY 13th October 2014 at 7.00 pm at Abenbury Community Centre.
41 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.30