MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 9th February 2015 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), A Reeves, I Squire, R G Lowden, R Jones and TAG Williams (who left the meeting at 19.45).
APOLOGIES: Councillor P R Done.
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC)
And PCSOs P Peters and M Griffiths
Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th January were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
72 MATTERS ARISING
C llr TAG Williams indicated that he was considering resigning from the Council. This was both for personal reasons and because of his feeling of frustration with the lack of power of the Community Council in influencing issues that mattered to local people. Members expressed their understanding and also said that they too felt similarly but that there had also been some successes. The Clerk said it would be a shame to loose a dedicated Member and that it was possible for the Council to agree a “leave of absence” to cover the next few months if that helped with the personal issues. Cllr Williams indicated that he would consider the support reflected at the meeting and would decide whether to confirm his resignation.
One of the issues that had arisen that had created the general disillusionment was the issue of the trees that were planted along Bridgeway Road. These were not in the places indicated on the plan presented, and agreed by the Council, by The MoJ. After some further discussion the Clerk was instructed to write to the MoJ to have the trees moved.
73 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO Martin Griffith submitted his report for January. There had been 13 incidents but a decrease in Anti social behaviour with 6 incidents. Much of this was down to Police action with a particular family and a leaflet drop which stressed how important that any occurrence should be reported.
The other main issue related to trial bikes where there had been one arrest. There had also been a theft from the Prison site despite the security and damage by a large truck to the highway verge. The Police were following up.
Members also again discussed installation of CCTV in the estate. Cllr Morris said that he had discussed the idea with the local Inspector who felt proper consideration needed to be given to proposal. It was agreed to defer the demonstration from a local company for a month or so.
74 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payments were authorised:
Wrexham CBC – Maintenance of Play areas – £518.00
Wrexham CBC – Maintenance of Street Lighting – £79.66
Wrexham CBC – Street Light repairs – £18.04
Village & Urban repair to notice board – £102.00
The Current account contained £26,974.39 and the Reserve Account contained £5,471.33
75 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence received, which included:-
- Wrexham CBC – Difficult Decisions – results and further consultation
- Wrexham CBC – Town & Community Council Forum meeting notice – 12th March 2015
- Wrexham CBC – Invitation to set up & grant aid for Lunch clubs
- Wrexham CBC –Parliamentary Election – posters
- Welsh Assembly- Finance Committee consultation on powers of the Public Services ombudsman. (www.senedd.assembly.wales/documents/s35937/Consultation%20Letter.pdf)
- One Voice Wales – invitation to join – rejected.
- Welsh Government – Consultation document on Reforming local Government. (http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/localgovernment/power-to-local-people/?lang+en.)
APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTENCE
- Home Start
- Family Friends for 5’s to 11’s
Deferred until future meeting
Thank you letter – NSLAS
The Clerk presented a draft press release and leaflet to try and encourage interest in people joining the Council. With some minor amendments the Press release was approved but it was agreed to wait before any leaflet drop.
P/2015/0065 – Alterations to elevations at Biopharm Ltd 9 Ash Road North, Wrexham Industrial Estate.
77 MEMBERS REPORTS
Other than an observation that the reroofing was very slow there was no member reports.
78 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be held on MONDAY 9th March 2015 at 7.00 pm at Abenbury Community Centre.
79 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.35
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