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Holt Community Council - Meeting Minutes - 22nd July 2008
PRESENT: Mr. Roberts, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Jones, Mr. Williams, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Lewis, A. Shone, Mr. Gaade, Mr. Gibson, Councillor Morris, P.C. Griffiths & P.C. P. Davies.
APOLOGIES: Mr. J. Evans.
CHAIR: Mr. Roberts, the Chairman, took the Chair and opened the meeting with a welcome especially to the Police. A silence was held in respect of the late Mrs A. Davies.
MINUTES: Mrs Jones proposed, Mr. Gaade seconded that the minutes of the previous meeting be signed and approved as a true record.
ITEM 1 – POLICE MATTERS:
It is with great regret that we are saying goodbye to P.C. Vanessa Griffiths as she retires from the police service after 30 years but she is moving on to pastures new. Vanessa kindly introduced us to her successor P.C. Paul Davies who is joining us from the Acton area where he has made a big impact. Katie Crimes our new P.C.S.O. will be working all summer and hopefully Paul will soon join us. Paul introduced himself and outlined his wishes for working with us in Holt and as he is also on the Countryside Protection Panel that should only be a benefit to Holt! He wants to be on foot as much as possible so will soon get to know everyone. He will arrange a Policing panel when he has settled in.
A list of incidents for the month was issued but they were mostly minor things except for the theft from a B.T. Call box.
There were also 5 calls made regarding disturbances on the Fairways estate, Holt Road, Wrexham.
Vanessa then thanked everyone on the committee, the clerk and Councillor Morris for their help to her and she was also thanked and we are sorry to see her go but wish her a happy and successful future.
ITEM 2 – MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
1.VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR:Nothing further heard from Ms. McConville regarding this and no other applicants.
2.STREETSCENE: Very little has been done from the January list and a further meeting has been held in the village. This doesn’t seem to be working as well as when it first started and this is possibly because of the large area covered by Mike Jones and him having trouble with the gang taken to other areas. Mr. Gaade proposed the clerk express our dissatisfaction in a letter to Andre Roberts, WCBC. A, Gibson seconded.
- PROPOSED EXTENSION TO CAR PARK, TOILET REFURBISHMENT AND FENCING BOWLING GREEN.
Mrs Roberts reported that the Grant application has been successful and that work can soon start. Quotes were looked at for the toilets and it was agreed that Mrs Roberts check if these had altered because of the time delay. The quote for £16000 was accepted but £8000 needs to be paid upfront for goods for work to start October. Mr Lewis was concerned with paying and asked Mrs Roberts to enquire what security we would have on the goods? The quote was accepted without the new floor!
3 quotes were then looked at for the car park (Mr. Roberts declared interest)
Mr. Gaade proposed offer the work to G.H. Lewis which was the best quote, Mr. Lewis seconded. Agreed.
Mrs Roberts was thanked sincerely for her hard work in securing the grant.
4.GENERAL MATTERS: Tava – signs made smaller. Bridge – clerk has contacted P. Tudor regarding weeds and condition of bridge. Underpass on new bridge – police had met Mike over graffiti, to be cleaned.
Clerk had replied regarding Playing Field.
ITEM 3 – CORRESPONDENCE:
- GENERAL LETTERS– Boundary Commission – noted.
One Voice Wales, membership – not interested. Northern Marches Newsletter – passed around. Post Office Closure – list to be published on website – clerk to check if Holt affected! New bin collection days – letter to go to every household.
Groundwork Trust – Celtic open day invitation – noted.
Society Council Clerks – Mr. Roberts proposed, Arlene seconded that the clerk renew her subscription to this.
- NOTICE BOARD:This has now been erected on the Fairways – thanks to Mr. Ratcliffe.
Old Police Station, The Cross – alteration of use to Medical Consultation Practise – this was objected to because of the great concern of the highway issue with extra vehicular movement and lack of parking space.
5 & 6 Hugmore Lane – these were resubmission of slightly altered plans – no objections.
Caravan site – 6 pitches in open countryside and on flood plain (in retrospect) this is not in our area but we need to be aware of this problem in case it happens here!
The Lilacs – 1st floor extension, new bathroom, revised plans – no objection.
Wrexham Golf Club – bund extension and landscaping – no objection.
1 Ashley Court – Erection of a self contained flat, 1 bedroom, single storey. To provide home for elderly relative!
Mr & Mrs Roberts declared interest and left the meeting for the discussion on this.
Mrs Jones, the Vice Chairperson took the Chair.
Discussion took place and because this is quite a big development the general feeling was an extension of the existing property would be more preferable. Mr. Gaade proposed A. Shone seconded. Agreed.
ITEM 4 – ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
8.GENERAL MATTERS NEEDING ATTENTION:
Moles – cemetery and bowling green area, Paul to see Gill.
Light at Fairview still not in operation!
17 Lamp – Deeside, cover off.
Grass not cut on Castle as new key needed – Paul to get one cut!
Vegetation on Castle to be removed September/ October and then maintained annually.
Wheelie Bins – WCBC website was not very informative regarding these.
Rushbearing – Mr. Gibson was concerned that there would not be adequate car parking for this – his concerns were acknowledged but hopefully this will be fine as a lot of people walk and visit at different times over the weekend.
WCBC have started painting the lamp standards on the Cross today.
Bieston area – hedge at 2 Birkdale Road.
Hugmore Lane – concern over number of crashes – list of accidents requested.
Welsh Assembly are still on track with the new road to the Industrial estate – Councillor Morris had attended a workshop.
WASTE PAPERS - Everyone is reminded that support is still needed for the W.I.. Recycling Bin at the rear of the Gredington. Please support them!
Mrs J. Pierce salary May - £289-27
June - £289-27
July - £578-54
S.Jones general work £560-00
Allianz Cornhill insur 08/09 £1159-14
WCBC refuse cemet. £1029-30
E.M.J. Services grasscutting £660-00
- McConvillegrasscutting £478-15
Greenthumb treatment £108-00
E.M.J. Services grasscutting £220-00
Dee Valley water £155-47
Robinson & Taylor Notice board £176-25
- MasseyNotice Board £446-50
Mrs Jones proposed, Mrs Clays seconded these.
Next meeting 16th September.