MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 11th APRIL 2016 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), Councillors TAG Williams, R G Lowden, I Squire, P Done and R Jones.
APOLOGIES: Councillors A Reeves and S Clutton.
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC)
and PCSO David Jones.
Prior to the commencement of the meeting the Chair welcomed Jo Lane, the Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator working for the Alzheimer’s Society for North Wales. She explained the initiative, supported by the Welsh Government, which involved Communities, businesses, schools and other organisations to create dementia friendly Communities. These were Communities where people with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and to feel confident knowing that they could contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them within their local community.
She gave examples of small things that could mean lot to those affected. Members asked questions and particularly that as a very small, relatively rural community without an obvious village centre might help. Jo said that she appreciated the point and that she was working with the Wrexham Town Forum to ensure the town centre was covered but even involving the one shop in the area could make a huge contribution. Cllr G Williams took details and said he would have a word with the owner of the Post Office. Jo left a pack of further information and the Chair thanked her for a very interesting presentation.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 14th March were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
88 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk reported that he had received an update from Suzy Talbot of NOMS regarding issues raised at the last meeting. Members noted the comments but were of the opinion that the parking issue was still connected to the construction of the Prison. The Clerk was instructed to take the matter back to NOMS. In the meantime Members indicated that they would note vehicle number plates to provide some evidence.
89 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO David Jones presented the crime report for the Holt ward for March. During the month there had been 9 crimes and 5 cases of ASB. There had been 1 burglary, 1 assault, 4 thefts, 1 Theft from a Motor Vehicle and 1 theft of a Motor Vehicle.
Three cases of ASB were linked to the Pentre Maelor and the Industrial Estate and the PCSO reminded the Council of the need to report incidents at the time of occurrence and where possible get photographic evidence.
He also reported that, as requested, the Mobile Speed Camera Van had been stationed on Bridgeway Road and in an hour had caught 38 vehicles speeding. This had confirmed the concerns of the Council and there would be repeat visits as a result.
Members raised some ongoing issues regarding anti social behaviour which the PCSO was aware of with some further action being put in place.
90 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
No payments were required, but the Clerk’s timesheet for the Final Quarter was signed. It was noted that there would be some back pay owed as Wrexham had not implemented the National pay awards.
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £22,346.19 and Reserve Account – £5,474.30
It was noted that the first instalment of the Precept (£4,166.66) had also been received but not included in the above bank statement.
Members AGREED to the appointment of COMPAQ to continue as the Council’s Internal Auditor at a base charge of £99.00
91 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence
- Wales & West Utilities – Invitation to stakeholder workshop – Chair to Attend
- Wrexham CBC – Invitation to Annual Meeting – Noted
- Wrexham CBC – Social Services Annual Report – Noted
- Community Health Council – Press releases – Noted
- Esclusham CC – Invitation to event on 13th April re Draft Local Government Bill- Impact on Community Councils – Chair to attend
- Wales Government – Views on Planning Policy proposed changes – Noted
- Wales Government – Information on Community Asset Transfer – Noted
- Wrexham LAG – Electric Communities – Noted
- Wildlife Trust – “Wildflower Pilot Areas” – No support except the “trial” area by the Post Office
- Tower Mint – Queen Elizabeth Commemorative Medal – Noted
- Welsh Government – Poster on Changes in Care/Social Services – Notice Board
- Wrexham Area Civic Society – Newsletter – Noted
Thank you letters from Home Start, British Red Cross, Marie Currie and Offer of tickets from Llangollen Eisteddfod – Noted
No Planning Applications received.
93 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Morris said that the revised signage requested at a previous meeting had now been carried out. The litter bins had now been collected would be installed shortly. There had been a problem with the location of one of the bins but this had now been agreed following a discussion with Char.
Cllr Williams referred to parking problems on the Oval, which Cllr Morris said he would raise.
Cllr Done referred to the hedge opposite Little Erlas Hall which was now causing an obstruction to users of the lane. He believed that the hedge was the responsibility of one of the industrial units. Cllr Morris said he would make some enquiries with Becky Morgan, the Estate Officer.
94 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be MONDAY 9th May 2016 at 7.00 pm. Venue to be confirmed.
95 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.15pm
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