MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 14th MARCH 2016 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), Councillors TAG Williams, R G Lowden, I Squire and R Jones.
APOLOGIES: Councillors P Done, 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 Mark Greenhaf and Suzy Talbot of NOMS and Catherine Pritchard of Wrexham CBC.
Mark then gave an update on progress with the construction of the Prison, which was pretty much on schedule. The name had now been decided and hoped the Council was happy with the choice. He also brought the Council up to date on recruitment, construction and for operational and support staff. There were now 8 members of the Senior Management Team in place, all taking responsibility for aspects of the project.
Members asked questions regarding objectives, reoffending, training and the balance of new recruits and “old hands”.
Members also asked whether a wheel wash could be installed to improve the volume of mud getting on to the broads. Mark was asked whether there might be some medium term use of the Community Centre which was closing. He said that they would discuss it and follow up if agreed. He did say that the Prison would have facilities (outside the prison fences) which could well be made available to the Community and this was welcomed by Members.
Suzy Talbot invited the Council participating in a planned “shakedown” next January, spending a day and night in the prison before it was finally handed over.
It was agreed that NOMS would attend the June meeting of the Council.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 8th February 2016 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
79 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk reported that the Interactive Speed sign on Cefn Road which had been installed and that the price was less than previously quoted. Members expressed concern regarding the siting because of nearby trees. Cllr Morris said he would try and get the branches trimmed.
Cllr Morris also said that the potholes near the Post office had been filled. The Clerk had reported that the light by the Post office (where the CTTV camera was) was out of action. Three months later it still had not been dealt with. Members expressed their dissatisfaction with the standard of service.
80 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO David Jones presented the crime report for the Holt ward for February. During the month there had been 11 crimes and 6 cases of ASB. There had been 1 burglary, 2 burglary other than dwellings, 1 assault, 6 thefts and 1 case of criminal damage.
Three cases of ASB were linked to the Pentre Maelor Estate and the PCSO reminded the Council of the need to report incidents at the time of occurrence if possible.
He again suggested that residents should assess and invest in home security as burglaries were on the increase.
81 FINANCIAL MATTERS, PRECEPT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payments were authorised:
Wrexham CBC – Street Lighting Maintenance – £124.25
Zurich Insurance – £699.14
Wrexham CBC – Employer Costs – £612.00
Wrexham CBC – Interactive Speed Camera – £3,538.06
Clerk’s Expenses – £411.30
Chairman’s Expenses – £85.16
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £28,520.19 and Reserve Account £5,474.30
SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS
Members also considered and AGREED to extend the SLA with Wrexham CBC for the provision of Payroll services at a cost of £60 per annum.
The following grants were AGREED
Home Start – £50.00
Red Cross – £50.00
Marie Curie – £100.00
MacMillan – £100.00
Application from N E Wales Diversity Festival was not supported.
IPRW – ANNUAL REPORT
The Council gave consideration to the 2016/17 report and in particular Section 10 relating to Community Councils.
They determined as follows
- IT, telephone etc expenses -No payments to be made
- Senior Roles – No Payments
- Civic Allowance – No Payments
- Mileage Expenses – Agreed
- Subsistence – Agreed
- Attendance Allowance – Agreed
- Financial Loss – Agreed
- Care Allowance – No Payments
- Care Allowance – No Payments
ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
Members indicated that they had very little feedback from the literature drop and no one had come forward wishing to take over the Centre. Accordingly the Council AGREED not to take financial responsibility for the centre once it closes on the 31st March.
82 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence
- Wrexham Matters – Issue 6. – NOTED
- Wales Government – Statutory Guidance for the Well Being of the Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.- NOTED
- Wales Government – Local Government Ethical Framework. – NOTED
- Shine TV – General Enquiry regarding CCTV in area. – NOTED
- Play Wales – 10 top tips for fund raising. – NOTED
- Play Wales – Report Issue 46. – NOTED
- National Library of Wales – Invitation to archive Website – AGREED
P/2016/0127 – Extension to Warehouse. Proserve Logistics, Ash Road North. No adverse comments
Developments of National Significance – AGREED to register for future applications.
Wrexham CBC – Local Development Plan – Consultation. Noted
84 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Williams asked about the subsidence on Bridgeway East and
West. Cllr Morris said that he expected substantial reinstatement of Bridgeway East and West when the Prison construction was completed which he had asked about at the last meeting.
85 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be MONDAY 11th April 2016 at 7.00 pm. Venue to be confirmed.
86 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.59pm
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