MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 13th March 2017 AT HMP BERWYN
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), Councillors I Squire, R G Lowden, and A Reeves.
APOLOGIES: Councillor R Jones, P Done, TAG Williams and S Clutton
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC), Claire Evans and Suzy Talbot for discussion on Car Parking Issues at the Prison and Aled Powell, Cymdeithas Yr Iaith Gymraeg.
Prior to the meeting commencing the Chair welcomed Aled Powell of Cymdeithas Yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh League of Youth) who had written expressing his disappointment regarding the erecting of English only parking signs. The Chair gave a brief summary of the parking issues with the Prison and the pressure he was under from local residents to alleviate the problem. He accepted that he should have given more thought to making the signs bilingual but the second sign now for customers of the Post Office was in both languages.
Mr Powell responded by explaining why he had felt it necessary to raise the issue with the Council but at the same time was sympathetic with the problems local people had with the building of the Prison. Members and Mr Powell had a wide ranging discussion with an offer of signposting to agencies who would be able to help with future translation.
The Chair then welcomed Suzy Talbot and Claire Evans. Suzy said that the Prison had received advice that the Council meeting on the premises in the Pre-Election period was not appropriate. The Council would therefore need to find alternate accommodation for the April meeting and perhaps the May meeting. Whist the Clerk questioned that as a Statutory Body whether the “rules” applied he accepted that it was in the power of the Prison to withdraw the room availability at their discretion.
Discussion then moved on to the continuing problems of car parking, with Claire Evans claiming that the position was improving daily. Members were clear that the local community had suffered and continued to suffer as a result of the continued problem. Reference was made to the fact that a number of Planning conditions had not been met prior to the opening of the Prison and that as a result the Council would need to consider what other options were available.
Suzy referred to the need to re-establish relations and it was suggested that a meeting with the other parties would be beneficial.
The Chair thanked both for giving up their time and hoped that things would improve over the next few months.
The Chair reported that Cllr Williams was unwell and that morning he and Cllr Iris Squire had attended the funeral of Cllr Williams wife. Members expressed their condolences, Cllr Arthur Reeves reported that he had recently been to see Cllr Ray Jones who was now receiving treatment and was continuing to improve.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 13th February were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
79 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk said that subsequent to the meeting Cllr Morris had got agreement with the Groundwork trust to run a trial play session over the Easter holidays. He indicated, however that no contact had yet been made.
80 POLICING MATTERS
In the absence of PCSO Alison Heron the Clerk handed around the report for February. There were 6 cases of Anti-Social Behaviour in the Holt ward. Three burglaries, two burglaries other than a dwelling, two assaults, two thefts from a motor vehicle, three thefts and one case of criminal damage. The Clerk would be attending a workshop for rural Community Councils on Thursday morning.
81 FINANCIAL MATTERS, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payments were authorised:
Excel Signs – £129.60
Wrexham CBC – Street lighting maintenance – £150.61
Wrexham CBC – Employer costs – £637.92
Clerk’s expenses – £267.62
Chair’s expenses – £125.28
Air Ambulance – £50
Kidney Wales/Walk for life – £50
Home Start – £50
Nightingale House – £100
Family Friends – £50
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £30,421.53 and Reserve Account – £5,476.38
The documents for the Audit had now been received. Members confirmed that the Council should reappoint COMPACC as the Council’s internal Auditor and that no members had any conflict of interest with the external auditors Grant Thornton
82 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence which other than indicated below were NOTED
P/2017/0150 – Extension to warehouse etc. unit 12 Ash road North, Wrexham industrial Estate. No adverse comments
84 MEMBERS REPORTS
The Chair indicated that he had been approached about improving the
lighting on Bridgeway. Cllr Morris agreed to speak to the Council as
Cllr Morris indicated that Sesswick Community Council were struggling
to find appropriate accommodation for meetings and there was a
possible interest in approaching Abenbury regarding the potential
sharing the Community Centre.
85 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be MONDAY 10th April 2017 at 7.00 pm at the Redwither Tower.
86 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.50