MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 12th February 2018 AT THE ATRIUM, REDWITHER.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 12th January were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
72 MATTERS ARISING
Cllr Done confirmed that he was not aware of any further problems emanating from Solveways. The Clerk and Cllr Morris reported on the meeting held with Wrexham officers regarding the future of the Community Centre. They had had no further approach from the Prison and agreed that demolition was therefore the future option. The Centre formed part of a bigger site, including the open land around the grassed area and Wrexham would therefore wish to consider the future of the whole site. There was a restrictive covenant on the site for “open acess”, but whether it applied to the whole or the Community Centre site needed checking. They were open to an approach from the Community Council to take a lease, subject to agreeing terms etc. Wrexham would be responsible for the demolition and if at a reasonable cost continue the post and rail fence along the frontage. The issues regarding access by lorries and anti-social behaviour and lighting were also raised and noted by Wrexham. Members considered the report and AGREED that, in principle, the Community Council should seek a lease on the land for use to the benefit of the Community.
73 POLICING MATTERS
In the absence of PCSO Alison Heron, Inspector Owens presented the report for the Holt ward. The report was in the style that Members had been critical of at a previous meeting and they explained their concerns to Inspector Owens. He was sympathetic to the points raised and gave more details as to how the Prison and the former Children’s home were skewing the figures. He was candid on the pressure the Police were in dealing with Prison related incidents. Three Constables and a Sergeant were now permanently stationed at Berwyn. Members discussed the issues raised which confirmed the reservations expressed by the Council at the early meetings with the MoJ and Wrexham.
After some further discussion Members accepted the offer for a visit to the Control Centre. Inspector Owens also agreed to consider the points raised regarding the format and content of the reports.
74 FINANCIAL MATTERS, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payment was authorised
Wrexham CBC – Hire of Atrium – £60.00
Wrexham CBC – Street lighting maintenance – £150.61
*PAccounting – Payroll, Tax & NI – £637.92
*Webfaze(DAZ) Web domain – £94.79
*(paid under financial regulation 3.4)
Members agreed that the Payroll costs should be paid as they were presented, although they would continue to be reported accordingly.
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £8,892.14 and Reserve Account – £30,480.50
FINANCIAL MONITORING REPORT
This was verified by Cllr G Lowdon
75 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence which other than indicated below were NOTED
Grant Application – OWL for Neighbourhood watch – deferred
SEREVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS
Play area maintenance etc and Street Lighting maintenance – AGREED
P/2017/0919 Revised application -Developments at IPSEN BIOPHARM, Ash Road. – No Objection
P/2018/0074 – Extension to existing buildings at ARDAGH,Bridge Road. –No objection
P/2017/0892 – Demolition and erection of 2 detached dwellings, Bryn Estyn Road – No objection
TPO 273/2017 – Bryn Estyn Road – Notice of confirmation
On line consultation – The Clerk reported on the special meeting of the Joint Town & Community Councils to discuss the withdrawal of hard copies. After many Community Councils spoke against the imposition a trial compromise was agreed in that only household applications would be dealt with electronically. Thus most of the applications for Abenbury would continue to come as hard copy. Members agreed that how the Council considered applications would need to be given further thought to.
77 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Wilson suggested that the area around the post office would benefit from a clean-up. Members agreed that this was needed across Pentre Maelor.
Cllr Reeves referred to the recent flooding near Five Fords. Cllr Morris said he had following it up with Wrexham Council as it appeared to be a gully issue.
78 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would now be MONDAY 12th March 2018 at 7.00 pm at the Atrium.
79 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.35pm