At the commencement of the meeting the Chair welcomed back Cllr Jones after his illness and hoped he would continue to attend meetings.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 12th June were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
26 MATTERS ARISING
The Chair reported that the Prison had invited residents from Pentre Maelor to a meeting to discuss what the Prison could support for the community. Apparently some 19 residents had attended but some residents had approached him as to why they had not been invited. Cllr Morris said that he had spoken to Claire Evans from the prison regarding the meeting and that another was being arranged for the 20th July. It was not clear what had been on offer from the prison but they had discussed the Community Centre and a proposal to set up a committee to run it. Members expressed their surprise, disappointment and concerns regarding this. After some discussion it was agreed to monitor the situation at this stage to await developments.
Cllr Clutton also commented that the hedges on Erlas lane, an issue raised earlier by Cllr Done, had still not been cut back. Cllr Morris said he had raised it with Highways and would follow up.
27 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO Alison Heron presented the update report for June for the Holt ward.
During the month there had been 7 crimes and 8 cases of ASB. There had been 4 burglary other than dwelling, 1 theft and 2 cases of criminal damage.
Of the 8 ASB cases 5 related to Abenbury.
She said that the thefts of tools from sherds and outhouses was of some concern and extra patrols were in place.
28 FINANCIAL MATTERS, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payment was authorised
Wrexham CBC – Hire of Atrium – £60.00
Wrexham CBC – Play Areas Inspection & Maintenance – £646.80
SLCC Conference – £82.80
Clerk’s expenses – £35.00
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £32,538.60 and Reserve Account – £5,476.57
The Clerk’s timesheet for the first quarter was signed.
The Clerk reported that Wrexham CBC who provided the payroll service to the Council had given notice to end the Service Level Agreement.
It was AGREED that the Clerk explore alternatives.
FUTURE BANKING ARRANGEMENTS
Cllr Clutton presented a report on proposed future arrangements for electronic banking. Financial control would continue to be exercised with all payments being approved by the Council. The Clerk would provide a bank reconciliation report at each meeting which would need to be verified by two other Councillors. Payments would be made via bank transfer rather than by cheque (where possible). The opportunity would also be taken to update the signatures list with the bank.
After some discussion it was AGREED that the report and the recommendations be approved. Implementation would commence at the September meeting when Members could also sign the necessary forms. The Clerk confirmed that the Annual Governance Statement was now with the Auditors.
29 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence which other than indicated below were NOTED
The following items of correspondence have been received:-
10. AVOW – Community Agents & Letter of support re GPs
11. Macmillan Cancer Support – Drop in session Wrexham – 20th July
12. Wrexham CBC – Town & Community Councils – Documents from
P/2017/0462 –Variation to allow additional three years to commence development – Unit C Spectrum Business Park
P/2017/0469 – Energy Store – Spectrum Business Park
P/2017/0449 – Change of use to Childrens Home – 2 Coed Aben Road
Not supported, because of location inappropriate for use away from the community and schools and other facilities. Additionally concerns regarding traffic movements so close to bad, busy junction.
Pre Application consultation for proposed new Unit at Ibsen Biopharm.
31 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Morris reported that Travellers had been camping illegally on school sites in the area. He also said that he had asked for the T junction sign be repainted and that the large “Portal” sign be removed.
Cllr Jones asked what was happening regarding Owens Haulage. Cllr Morris said he had again raised this with the Council as they do not have valid planning permission.
The Chair reported on the seminar he had attended organised by One Voice Wales regarding Older People’s mental health. It was very poorly
attended but very interesting
32 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be MONDAY 12th September 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Atrium.
33 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.45pm