MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING HELD 29th MARCH 2017
Cllrs. Mrs Jackie Allen (JA), Mr Frank Hemmings (FH), Mrs Barbara
Humphreys (BH), Mr John Vant (JV),
WCBC Cllrs. Mr Terry Evans (TE) & Mr Ian Roberts (IR).
No apologies received ahead of the meeting but Cllr. Claire Gough
did email her apologies to the Clerk at 18:49hrs this evening but
her note was not opened until the following morning.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interest noted based on the published agenda.
127. MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING HELD 22nd FEBRUARY 2017
The draft minutes for the Council Meeting held 22nd February 2017 are now put to the Council as an accurate record of proceedings. The motion was passed unanimously.
128. MATTERS ARISING
No matters arising.
REPORT OF GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE HELD 22ND FEBRUARY
REPORT OF SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD 7TH MARCH 2017
REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD 24TH MARCH 2017
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Also attended a recent Governors meeting of the Dee Valley Federation of Schools where mention of the mobile classrooms at Pentre School were raised as a matter of concern some refurbishment and possible expansion discussed.
Also attended the Wrexham/Flintshire One Voice Wales area committee meeting. Those councillors that are not seeking re-election in the upcoming Local Council Elections were no shows thus there was a poorer attendance than usual. 9 community/town councils were present. Mention of many councils running with not all councillor places taken up. After the May elections this may still present a challenge to some councils. To offset this, OVW are promoting the take up of recommendations made by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales on payments available to support Councillors in performing their duties. No Councillor should be out of pocket.
Also attended PCSO Workshop on 16th March 2017. An update on Safer Neighbourhood Teams operating in Wrexham CBC given by Chief Insp. Dave Jolly. Note that PCSO numbers are falling by 12 across the Borough.
134. REPORTS LOCAL MEMBERS WREXHAM CBC
Pen-y-Bont landfill site is now closed.
Took a tour around Chirk with Ian Jones of WCBC Environmental Dept on Tuesday at 1pm. From Chirk Green a blue plume was seen. Also a chemical taste in the air on the front of Maes y Waun.
Queuing lorries to Lodgevale seen but the weighbridge is not the problem. Staff were also seen on works gate. Also concrete lorries using an alternative entrance to the construction site opposite Williams of Chirk Plant hire.
Also met with Dave Jones of Streetscene to identify spot repairs and also agreed to spray for weeds.
IR referred back to the closure of the Pen-y-Bont landfill site. Believed to have opened some 22 years ago. Personally had a long association with the many issues raised glad to see this is now coming to an end.
Both IR and TE agreed to enquire of Wrexham County Borough Council about the future of the Pen-y-Bont site ? Invite them to a site visit to give information over what the future plans are for the site. It was thought that it could possibly become land for recreation if deemed appropriate.
JV understands that Cllr. Ian Roberts is not standing at the upcoming elections. He proposed a vote of thanks for representing the constituents of Chirk North so well for over 22 years on Wrexham County Borough Council (since its creation). There was unanimous agreement and applause in the Council Chamber.
SW asked of TE for an update on the planning appeal lodged by Kronospan. It is understood that there has been a recent site visit by Welsh Assembly Government and a little confusion over whether they have miss-timed the appeal and will be required to re-apply for planning permission i.e. start from the beginning. TE understands that Kronospan update the Chirk Environmental Liaison Group on planning matters which will report back to full Council.
In addition SW had a question
over the bin close to the Old Surgery TE confirmed this is being
looked into. TE was thanked for all his work over the last 12
135. CLERKS REPORT
SJ reported the following :-
CCTV footage of parking on the zig zags on Church Street passed to the Safer Neighbourhoods Team so they can send a warning letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
A grant application made of the Wrexham Play Sufficiency Grant Program 2017 was successful. This was jointly made with some residents and the Town Council after consulting with the children. A new adventure trail supplied by Play & Leisure will be soon installed with the £5,000.00 awarded.
A new regular booking for Chirk Parish Hall will see karate classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The clerk attended a one day
CiLCA training course in Mold. It covered
The General Power of Competence, new legislation and sources of
advice, agenda setting and meeting procedures, standing orders and
committees and Freedom of information.
136. APPEALS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Welsh Air Ambulance financial support request. FH proposed and BH seconded to make a donation of £100 motion carried.
Chirk AAA Football Club
Cllr. Mark Holmes declared a personal interest and completed a
declaration form. Letter from the Chair of the Club advising of
reaching the final of Welsh Trophy 2016/17 in Aberystwyth. They
wish to apply for a financial donation of £300 to cover the cost of
a new medical bag and contents, water bottles and carrier & new
balls (equipment). All will display the logo of Chirk TC. MM
proposed that we accede to the request and this was seconded by SW.
· Macmillan Cancer Support Letter of thanks for £100 donation. Noted.
· Home Start Letter of thanks for £50 donation. Noted.
· Chirk Celebrations & Lights Committee Email covering Fly Posters and Chirk Ceiriog Valley Partnership AGM (also see minute 133). Noted.
· Donna Dickenson Update on Open Access community based Youth Services. Noted.
· Kidney Wales Invitation to join a Celebration Dinner @ £45pp. Noted.
· Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales Annual Report 2017/18, section 13 details 8 determinations directly affecting Town/Community Councils. Noted.
· Black Park Community Centre Email requesting a letter of support for a grant application to WREN. FH gave further background and proposed that CTC write a letter of support. Motion Carried SJ will action.
P/2017/0181 Construction Of Silage Clamp And Extension To General
Purpose Farm Building
P/2015/0225 S78 Appeal. Planning Inspectorate Ref:
P/2016/1165 Amendment to Outline Application (Including Means Of
Access) For Up To 23 (down from 24) Dwellings And Associated Works.
The report of the Plans
Sub-committee meeting held on 22nd February 2017 was
passed as an accurate record. Motion carried.
ANNUAL REVIEW OF CHIRK TOWN COUNCIL FINANCIAL REGULATIONS INCLUDING
INTERNAL CONTROLS & RISK ASSESSMENT
141. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
· SW raised a potential issue of some garden boundaries backing onto the Crogen/Offa Recreation Ground being extended. Advised this is a matter for Wrexham County Borough Council as they are the land owners.
Meeting closed 8:20pm.
Signed Chairman 26th April 2017