MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 5th September 2016 AT THE ATRIUM, REDWITHER TOWER
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), Councillors S Clutton, R Jones, I Squire, TAG Williams and A Reeves.
APOLOGIES: Councillors P Done, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC) and R G Lowden
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, and PCSO Alison Heron.
Prior to the meeting commencing the Chair welcomed Jill Roberts and Dan Buxton from Welsh Water who gave a presentation on the planning application at Five Fords waste treatment works. The plans included an advanced Anaerobic Digester which would improve the capture of gas for including into the national grid. Dan gave details of the proposals and showed plans and elevations of the proposals. Members asked a number of questions relating to screening, storing of the waste cakes, potential pollution, traffic movements and the impact of the prison and future housing development. Generally Members were supportive of the proposals.
Following that presentation, Mark Bllings of Dee Valley Water gave a presentation of the Company’s proposals for the LLwyn Onn reservoir. Basically the existing facilities at both LLwyn Onn and Legacy were outdated and the proposals would create two reservoirs at LLwyn Onn with a new pumping station. Legacy would be closed with new, currently under construction, pipelines. Dee Valley Water’s contractors would be submitting a Planning Application in due course and his presentation was part of the required consultation process. Construction would take about 21 months once planning was agreed. Members asked a number of questions regarding the capacity to maintain supplies including long term plans. Again Members were generally supportive.
Minutes of the meeting held on the 11th July were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
34 MATTERS ARISING
Members expressed their disappointment with the additional yellow lines as they did not go far enough.
They also complained that the overgrown hedges were still obscuring the 30 mph flashing lights making them ineffective.
The Clerk reported that in frustration Cllr Done had, himself, cut the overgrown hedge on Erlas Lane.
35 POLICING MATTERS
PCSO Alison Heron, was welcomed to the meeting as the replacement PCSO for the Holt ward. She submitted the report which showed 11 crimes and nine cases of anti-social behaviour in the Holt ward. One burglary, four burglaries other than a dwelling, one assault, one theft from a motor vehicle, two thefts, one case of criminal damage and one drugs case.
Members thanked the PCSO for the report and took the opportunity to mention the problems of litter and bushes being used as toilets, parking on the double yellow lines, antisocial behaviour near the garages, kids asking for money and they requested another visit from the Mobile speed camera.
36 FINANCIAL MATTERS, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
The following payments were authorised
Wrexham CBC – Street Lighting Maintenance – £150.61
Wrexham CBC – Hire of Atrium – £60
Offa Community Council – Joint advertisement re Code of Conduct – £125.00 (Paid under Financial Regulations 3.4)
Bank balances were as follows- Current Account – £30,060.09 and Reserve Account – £5,475.44
Additionally there was a Precept payment of £4,166.67.
The Clerk reported that he had now received the Annual Report back from the Auditors which gave an unqualified audit report. They also raised the importance of an Internal Auditor Engagement Letter setting out the tasks they would undertake. The Clerk said that he had had obtained a letter but they had also asked for the original, historic, appointment letter but this was before he had been appointed Clerk and was unavailable. Additionally one of the N/A box’s had not been ticked.
The Clerk’s timesheet for the first quarter was also signed.
37 CORRESPONDENCE AND CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk gave a summary of the items of correspondence which were NOTED
- Wrexham CBC – Letter re framework for procurement of Youth (Support) Services
- Wrexham CBC – Town & Community council Meeting – 22nd September 20116
- Wrexham CBC – Mayor’s Charity Dinner Dance – 7th October
- Wrexham CBC – Playwork proven to be a preventative service
- Wrexham CBC – Stroke Awareness session – 26th September
- Play Wales – e- bulletin
- Dementia Champion Training – 18th October
- The Partner – July issue
- HMP Berwyn – Job vacancies
- Welsh Government – Planning Policy technical advice
- Welsh Government – Consultation on higher tax on second homes
- Welsh Government – Planning Policy Questionnaire
- Welsh Government – Youth representation on Community Councils
- Welsh Government – Natural Resources Wales Bulletin
- Welsh Government – Consultation on establishment of Flood & Coastal Erosion Committee
- One Voice Wales – Training Sessions
- One Voice Wales – Conference Invitation – 1st October
- One Voice Wales – Community Energy Event – 15th September
- One Voice Wales – Advice on working with young people
- Zurich Insurance – Notification of Insurance Tax increase
- Citizens Advice Wrexham – Annual Impact report
- Planning Aid Wales – community Engagement event – 20th September
- Shropshire HR – Offer of Services
- Ian Gardner – Offer of Consultancy Services ( Facilities Management)
- Shelter – Thank You Letter
- Macmillan – Thank You Letter
- Marie Currie – Thank You Letter
- Kidney Wales Thank You Letter
- Hope House – Thank You Letter
- VIC Studios – Thank You Letter
- Starlight – Thank You Letter
P/2016/0805 – extension of Office, F Lloyd Penley Ltd, Bridge Road South Wrexham – Supported
P/2016/0774 – Recladding of façade to match current, Biopharm Ltd, Ash Road, Wrexham – Supported
P/2016/0709 – Change of use and associated works at Five Fords waste water treatment works, Cefn Road – Supported
39 MEMBERS REPORTS
Cllr Iris Squire said that those using the Community Centre car park were cutting through the path contrary to what was agreed. Clerk to take up with Wrexham.
Cllr G Williams reminded the Council of his concerns regarding the ditch near Lloyds.
40 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next Ordinary Meeting would be MONDAY 10th October 2016 at 7.00 pm at HMP Berwyn.
41 DURATION OF MEETING
The meeting began at 7.00 pm and ended at 8.40
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