MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 13th January 2014 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair)
Councillors R Jones, F A Reeves, I Squire, P R Done, M Roberts, E Williams, TAG Williams and Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC)
APOLOGIES: Councillor G Marsh.
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, PCSOs Jade Andrews and Catherine Griffiths-Hughes
Minutes of the Meeting held on 11th November 2013 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
60 MATTERS ARISING
Cllr Morris reported that the cycle lane was still proceeding and that the car left at the bottom of Cefn road had now been removed.
61 POLICING MATTERS
In PCSO Dobby’s absence PCSO Jade Andrews presented the crime statistics for the past month. These showed a small decrease, totalling 12. These included 3 Burglaries other than a dwelling, 2 cases of Theft and Handling, 3 incidences of Criminal damage, 2 Theft from Vehicle, 1 of anti social behaviour and 1 other. She reported that there had been a spate of burglaries in the area recently and that people should be aware. Members expressed their dismay that the PCSO for the Industrial Estate had not yet started but thanked the PCSOs for attending.
62 PRISON UPDATE
The Chair gave a brief update on the Planning Committee held the previous Monday for the benefit of Members who had not attended. Whilst Outline Planning Permission had been approved, the conditions attached meant that all aspects would, as a result of Cllr Morris’s intervention, now have to come before the Planning Committee and as a result, Abenbury Council would now be consulted on these matters. In raising issues such as screening on Bridge Road East, the ecological area and its management, contamination, local jobs and the possible increase in crime, Members again expressed their concerns and it was agreed that
i. That the Local Police Inspector and Cllr Hugh Jones, the Lead Wrexham Councillor for Community Safety should be invited to attend a future meeting of the Council to discuss what measures were being considered to safeguard and reassure the community, once the Prison was built.
ii. That the Ministry of Justice be invited to attend to discuss how local people would benefit from the job opportunities claimed to come with the Prison and liaison arrangements.
63 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
Members considered the precept report submitted by the Clerk together with the estimated balance at year end.
Resolved That the precept be slightly increased to £12150 for the year 2014/15, equivalent to £24.40p at Band D, an increase of 1p.
The following payments were authorised:
Zurich Municipal – £848.11
Wrexham CBC –
Community Centre Contribution (Abenbury) – £385.00
Community Centre Contribution (Pentre Gwyn) – £140.00
Sports Facility reimbursement – £2,637.00
Society of Local Council Clerks – £147.00
Chairman’s Expenses – £100.00
Talking Books Wales – £50.00
N. Wales Miners Association, Mobile Museum – £50.00
The Clerk reported that the Cheque to Indigo Planning sent after the last meeting had not been received and had now been stopped and a new cheque would be issued for £3,096.30.
The Chairman also signed the Clerks Timesheet including overtime of 20 hours for the additional work with the Prison.
64 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence received, which included:-
i. Wrexham CBC – Licensing – noted
ii. MP – Offer for help with Big Lottery Application – noted
iii. WRAPS – Flyer & Letter – noted
iv. Wrexham CBC – Consultation on Off street parking – noted
v. Gresford Community Council – Letter re Mayor and cuts – no action
vi. Northern Marches – Flyers for Notice Boards
vii. Talking Books Wales – Financial appeal – agreed £50.00
viii. Gwyl Cerdd Dant Cymru – Financial Appeal –agreed £50.00
ix. Play Wales – publication – noted
x. Ground work trust – annual report – noted
xi. One Voice Wales – training Programme – noted
xii. Mining Heritage – financial appeal – agreed £50.00
xiii. Wrexham CBC – staff implications of potential transfers of Community Centres. – noted and await further information from Wrexham
Notice of GRANTING
• P/2013/0641 – Cattle Shed extension.
• P/2013/0856 – Erection of innovation and Training Centre, Village Bakery, Abenbury Way – no objection
• P/2013/0810 – Erection of Industrial Building adjacent to Graphtec, Coed Aben Road – no objection
• P/2013/0764 and 0765 – Erection of 2 metre High Security Fence in retrospect, units 69, 72 Clwydeog Road east – no objection
66 MEMBERS REPORTS
• Cllr Done reported “fly grazing” of 12 horses for 2 weeks, on land managed by Eastern Management. – Agreed to ask for increased security on the access.
• Cllr G Williams again said that the ditch on Bridge road was not coping. Cllr Morris to take up with Highways.
• Cllr Jones referred to the poor condition of the top end of Cefn road. Cllr Morris to take up with Highways.
• Cllr Reeves said that the grid had gone again, agreed for Clerk to follow up.
• Cllr E Williams said that there was a need for a Dog bin was needed at the end of Abenbury Fields. Agreed Clerk to take up with Kevin Edwards.
67 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be on MONDAY 10th February 2014 at 7.00 pm at Abenbury Community Centre.
68 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.32pm