MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 13th February 2017 AT HMP BERWYN
Prior to the meeting commencing the Chair welcomed Jay Davies and Mike Barclay, Play Development Officers with Wrexham CBC. They gave a brief presentation on Play projects explaining what was offered and the costs involved with alternatives geared to the needs of the local community.
Members asked a number of questions and the local issue of effectively two separate communities to be provided for. Jay and Mike answered adding that they had also undertaken a short review project for Sesswick Community Council who were also small with a limited budget. They would let us have sight of the report. There were other providers who, potentially, could make similar provision free. Lee Robinson and Claire Evans both indicated that there might be some financial support available.
The Chair thanked the pair for their presentation and after some discussion it was agreed that Cllr Morris would approach Groundwork who had a scheme in Holt to ascertain what they might be able to provide.
The Chair the raised the contentious ongoing issue of parking. Lee Robinson reported on meetings held between the Council, the Prison and Lend Lease and neighbouring businesses. The actions agreed were
Claire Evans added that the Prison and Lend Lease were supporting the resolving of the Parking issues which should start to become less of a problem as the number of construction workers reduced.
Members, whilst thanking both for the comments forcibly indicated that the local residents had had enough and earlier promises had not been fulfilled.
Cllr Morris said that he was concerned that many of the issues related to the original Planning Permission and to the requirement for a Travel Plan to be agreed before becoming operational, something not yet provided.
There was general discontent with what was being suggested and both Lee Robinson and Claire Evans agreed to see what else could be done including reinforcing what was currently in place.
Cllr Arthur Reeves reported that he had recently been to see Cllr Ray Jones who was now receiving treatment which was a step in the right direction.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 9th January were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
70 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk gave out the tickets for the Prison visit on the 20th February reminding members that identification would be required.
71 POLICING MATTERS
In the absence of PCSO Alison Heron the Clerk handed around the report for January which showed a welcome decrease in Anti-Social Behaviour. There had been 10 crimes and 1 case of anti-social behaviour in the Holt ward. Four burglaries, one burglaries other than a dwelling, one theft from a motor vehicle, three thefts and one case of criminal damage.
72 FINANCIAL MATTERS, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payment were authorised
Excel Signs – £198.00
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £30,619.53 and Reserve Account – £5,476.34
SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS
Two SLA’s for 2017/18 with Wrexham CBC for Street Lighting Maintenance and Playground Inspection and Maintenance were agreed and signed by the Chair.
73 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence which other than indicated below were NOTED
10. One Voice Wales – Training
11. Welsh Government – Consultation on Trade Union Bill
12. Welsh Government – Consultation on Local Government White Paper –Clerk to respond
13. Welsh Government – Consultation on reform of school governance
14. Welsh Government – Community Council Survey – Clerk to respond
15. Wales NHS – Stakeholder events re People aged 50+ –Chair to attend
16. HMP Berwyn – Community commitments Celebration Awards – Dinner 16th March
Applications for Grants – DEFERRED
P/2017/0067 – Revised application for new scrap handling system on roof, Ardaghgroup, Bridge Rd. Supported but require noise restrictions as before.
75 MEMBERS REPORTS
76 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be MONDAY 13th March 2017 at 7.00 pm at HMP Berwyn.
77 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.25