MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 13th October 2014 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), P R Done, A Reeves, I Squire, R G Lowden and TAG Williams.
APOLOGIES: Councillors R Jones, E Williams and M Roberts.
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC)
And PCSO D Jones
42 MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL
The Clerk reminded the Council that there was still a current vacancy and with the illnesses of two Members it was important to try and encourage new blood to join the Council.
Minutes of the Meeting held on 8th September 2014 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
44 MATTERS ARISING
Cllr TAG Williams reported that he had perused the Dee Valley Water Drought Plan and that this primarily meant that more water would be drawn off Bala Lake to maintain supplies.
Members thanked Cllr Morris for his success at getting the Planning Committee to defer the application for the Prison. He indicated that he had been particularly concerned with the way the MoJ and Lend Lease had thought they could get away with a substandard response to the Reserved Matters and that he had seen better details for a hose extension! Members expressed their concern that although more detail had been submitted to the Planning Committee on such matters as the Landscaping Plan, these had not been forwarded to the Community Council for comment and it was agreed that the Clerk should write to the Planning Officer accordingly. The Clerk also reported that the MoJ had informed him that the Community day scheduled for the 15th was now cancelled.
The Clerk said that as requested at the last meeting he had invited the appropriate officer from Wrexham CBC to discuss the Inspection of Playgrounds report but she was not able to attend. It was agreed to seek a quote for a “rotating item” as suggested and to consider the matter again at a future meeting.
45 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO Dave Jones submitted his report for September. There had been 17 incidents, 2 violence against the person, 3 burglary other than a dwelling, 1 theft from a vehicle, 2 cases of theft & handling, 3 of criminal damage, 3 of arson, 2 of fraud and 1 case of shoplifting. There had been an increase in Anti social behaviour with 14 incidents. One of the cases of criminal behaviour was damage to the Council Notice board but it appeared that the suspects were below the age of criminal responsibility.
Members expressed concern regarding a contractor’s compound which could be targeted by thieves and drugs.
PCSO JONES confirmed that a PCSO for the Industrial Estate had now been appointed but had not yet moved into Redwither because of IT security issues.
46 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payment was authorised:
Clerk’s Expenses – £70.74
The Current account contained £24,344.37 and the Reserve Account contained £5,470.41
The Clerk reported the receipt of £30 from the Welsh Audit Office.
The Clerks timesheet for the second quarter which included 6 hours overtime was signed.
47 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence received, which included:-
APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTENCE
P/2014/0709 – Application for Upgrading of existing installation, Home Farm, Bryn Estyn Road.
P/2014/0667 – Erection of Light Industrial Unit, Redwither Inn, Bridge Road.
No Objection, but concern regarding traffic implications.
49 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Done asked whether any additional information had been received regarding an Industrial unit on Abenbury Way which the Council had considered April. The Clerk said he had not had any additional information. Cllr Morris said he would make some enquiries.
Cllr TAG Williams referred to concerns expressed to him from an adjacent landowner to the Prison site of unauthorised access.
50 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be held on MONDAY 10th November 2014 at 7.00 pm at Abenbury Community Centre.
51 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.15