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Holt Community Council - Meeting Minutes - 25th June, 2013
Venue: Holt Community Centre
PRESENT: Councillors – J. Pridding, P. Lewis, P. Gaade, J. Cubitt, A. Shone, L. Roberts, D. Roberts, J. Evans, S. Lewis. Councillor M. Morris and PCSOs
Daniel George & Rebecca Holmes.
APOLOGIES: Councillor G. Jones.
CHAIR: The Chairman, J. Pridding, took the Chair and welcomed everyone. A silence was held in respect of the late Mr. Herbert Route,
MINUTES: Ms. Shone proposed, Mr. Cubitt seconded, that the minutes of the previous meeting, be signed and approved as a true record, all agreed.
ITEM 1 – POLICE MATTERS;
PCSO George handed around the report sheet on crimes in village and surroundings. It has been quite quiet again but a couple of incidents caused concern such as tyres being slashed and 2 criminal offences. 1 of these has been charged and 1 ongoing.
Go safe are to visit the area with a radar gun again as speed is still an issue!
An Environmental audit of the village was held with Luke and WCBC, Councillor Morris and representatives of Holt C.C. and the main issues were for street scene.
Some of them will hopefully be dealt with before the Wales in Bloom judging.
The officers were thanked very much for attending as we are very pleased in Holt to finally have Police representation at nearly every meeting!
ITEM 2 – MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES:
1.STREET LIGHTING – ENERGY PAYMENTS: A short informal meeting was held to discuss this at 6.30p.m. as the Holt Town Trust have for numerous years, very kindly taken responsibility for this from the Holt Community Council. With increased costs and their interest not so high in the past few years they are now asking the Council to take back part or all of this. This would then be passed onto Council tax payers via the Community precept. Mr. Gaade is to take the matter back to the next Trust meeting and the clerk will wait to hear from them and present their comments to the Council for consideration.
2. WRAP – Proposed Energy Plant:
As no decision was made regarding holding a meeting, after hearing from Mrs L. Daws of WRAPS action group, the Clerk passed the literature around but it was decided to wait a while to see what progresses as nothing is happening overnight!
3. WALES IN BLOOM; Mr. Cubitt reported on the progress and most things are now in hand. Mr. Gaade is sorting out the netting at the garage and he asked that the Clerk ask S. Jones to cut grass in Chapel before 10th when it goes for auction. The clerk asked permission to get notice board on Cross stained by Mark frost and this was approved, She will tidy the boards and sort out notices.
It was decided, that a prize of £75 be given to the business putting on the best display for the Wales in Bloom, by the Community Council. John will notify them and Bob and John Cubitt can decide who wins this as they have been heavily involved. We are supposed to have a new sign ‘Welcome to Wales’ by the hairdressers. (will believe this when we see it!)
4. PUBLIC TOILETS:
Mr. Peter Lewis had kindly got quotes for automatic doors for the toilets. Entry would be 20p and these should pay for themselves quite quickly!
The quotes were 2000 plus or £1050 plus vat. This is for the complete kit and a builder and electrician would be required for a day to install them! After discussion it was proposed to go ahead with this but we need to know it is possible to fit the doors so clerk to meet a builder and electrician. Mr. Steve Lewis seconded this, all agreed.
ITEM 3 – CORRESPONDENCE;
5. MAYORS SUNDAY: This is to be held on 7th July, 2013. Mr. J. Pridding, the Chairman to try to attend.
6.ST. CHAD’S CHURCH CHURCH – CLOCK;
Letter received asking for financial assistance as repairs had to be made because of a power surge. This to be put for consideration on October with grants.
7. OWL Notices; Permission sought to place a notice in Conservation area – this was granted for 1 notice.
8. REVISED AUDIT FEES: Notification received from Hacker Young, external auditors of changes to the scale of fees for annual returns 2012/13. This only slightly affects smaller councils such as Holt! Noted.
9. WREXHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL FORUM;
This is on 9/7/13. It has been altered. Mr. Pridding to try to attend.
10. FINANCIAL SHEET: The Clerk presented everyone with a financial sheet giving an approximate balance of accounts to 25th June, 2013. Mr. Gaade proposed this be accepted, Mr. Cubitt seconded. All agreed.
11. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
Bridge View Cottage – remove conifer hedge of 22 trees protected by conservation area – concern as to what will be replacing these and wondered if they could be trimmed?
Mr. & Mrs Roberts declared interest before this item was discussed!
1 Ashley Court – replacement of 9 windows and 1 door UVPC. This was discussed as previous such applications were refused and Mr. Roberts asked permission to ask the question how these applications in a Conservation area were decided. Councillor Morris thought that the application had to preserve or enhance the property character. This was left for WCBC to decide.
12. MEMORIAL: Application for added inscription on existing stone for late Mrs S. Gisby. Granted.
ITEM 4 – AGENDA – ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE TO SERVE ON HOLT TOWN TRUST:
Mr. Gaade proposed Mr. David Marsh, Mrs Roberts seconded, all agreed therefore carried.
ITEM 5 – ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
13.YOUTH CLUBS; These are to close and 4 main centres set up with children bussed possibly to the nearest centre. Workers may also visit communities and hire meeting places. Clerk to contact Donna Dickenson to express concern.
14. GENERAL MATTERS: Bins need emptying on Cross and under bridge. Information boards need cleaning at bridge and Castle car park.
Bridge – Lorries still attempting to Cross this.
Sign obscured in hedge – junction Rossett Road/Commonwood.
Frog Lane 30mph surface very bad.
ACCOUNTS – these were proposed for payment by Mr. P. Lewis & seconded by Mr. S. Lewis, all agreed.
1949 – Mr. A. White wages toilets/village April to June £831-59
1950 – Mrs J. Pierce salary June & expenses £293-60
1951 – Mr. k. Jones hedge cutting £300-00
1952 – E.M.J. Services grass cutting £470-00
1953 – D.Kettle grass cutting – bowling green £ 60-00