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Holt Community Council - Meeting Minutes - 28th May 2007
HOLT COMMUNITY COUNCIL – MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 28TH MAY, 2007 AT 7P.M. AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.
PRESENT: Mr. Gaade, Mr. Gibson, Mr. Williams, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mrs Penny, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Roberts, Mrs Roberts, Ms. McConville, Mrs Clays, Mrs Jones.
Bob – Holt Website. 4 members of the public. C.B.M. Vanessa Griffiths.
CHAIR: Mr. Gaade, the retiring Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. He gave a short recount of his past year in office which had started with attending the Mayor’s Service. In Holt there had been several planning issues and Bob Dewey WCBC had attended our meeting to explain planning issues but as we know we aren’t always listened to.
Boundary changes – these are to affect the new Fairview Estate, Holt Road, Wrexham and again despite a letter to every household and over 140 replies wishing to stay in the Holt Ward it would seem this was ignored as well!
Local Development Plan Meeting – This seemed quite successful and the views were taken away to Wrexham to be considered.
Policing – This has been an unsettled issue and Mr. Gaade had voiced his feelings at police meetings. We now have P.C. Vanessa Griffiths and P.C.S.O. Colette Murphy The latter being stationed in Holt for 12 months when on duty.
Finally Mr. Gaade thanked all the Councillors for their support and work, Councillor Morris for his advice and wisdom and cautious wording of letters and unfailing support for Holt. The clerk was also thanked for all her work and she thanked the Chairman for his help to her over the 12 months.
1a. – ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON:
Mr. Ratcliffe proposed Mrs Penny no seconder.
Mr. Williams proposed Mr. Gaade serve for another year, Mr. Lewis seconded.
All in favour. Mr. Gaade accepted for 1 more year and felt priveledged to do this.
1b. ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON:
Mr. Lewis proposed Mrs Penny, Mr. Ratcliffe seconded. 6 in favour. Mrs Penny accepted.
1c. FUTURE PLANS FOR NEW PLAYING FIELD:
Presented by Mr. Richard Tomlinson and Mr Michael Tomlinson.
A sketch of a proposed new playing field with new changing rooms, car par and play area was shown to the meeting and the reason for wanting to provide this was explained in depth. Messrs Tomlinsons were thanked for attending the meeting to do this and they were told a special meeting would be held by the council and then we would contact them. They then left the meeting.
ITEM 1 – POLICE MATTERS.
2. P.C. Griffiths was welcomed and introduced to everyone, she apologised for being slightly late but had stopped to deal with an incident.
She explained how she came to be replacing P.C. Muldoon in Holt and also filled us in on her varied service and experience in the Police force over the last 20 plus years.
Our new P.C.S.O. Colette Murphy has been trained by P.C. Muldoon and will work 36 hours a week in Holt. She will be high visibility on foot patrol and will be accountable to P.C. Griffiths who is accountable to Sgt. Marsden who is then accountable to Inspector Clarke.
A list of powers and duties were explained.
Vanessa gave out a list of the crimes for the month which she will in future E.mail to members who e. mail addresses she has.
This month there have been thefts from 2 motor vehicles. Youths on the Green. Underage drinkers. A letter was received regarding the behaviour of youths on the Bowling Green and complaints regarding the conifer hedge – this will be cut.
C.C.T.V. Mr. Gaade had met the gentleman from Gresford . Mr. Gaade had met and walked the village with P.C. Muldoon and the P.C.S.O.
P.C. Griffiths would like to do the same with Andre Roberts our new link officer to WCBC.
The next neighbourhood meeting is on 24th July, 2007 at 6.45 – Thanks to P.C. Griffiths and a card was sent to P.C. Muldoon and she was wished well in her new area.
MINUTES: Ms. McConville proposed Mr. Roberts seconded that the minutes of the last meeting be signed and approved as a true record.
MATTERS ARISING –
3.CCTV CAMERAS: These were discussed and it was decided to put this on hold until it was looked into further.
4.DEE PARK PLAY AREA – NEW EQUIPMENT: Nothing else has been heard from WCBC but fencing has been put around the roundabout and danger signs. Clerk to contact WCBC over this.
5.ALLOTMENTS: The last two allotments have been let now.
Mr. Gaade has a price of £300+ to put a water trough for the allotments. Mr. Gibson proposed this be done, Mrs Clays seconded. Agreed.
6.QUOTE FOR A NEW LIGHT BY FOOTPATH - FAIRVIEW
Clerk is to meet Mr. G. Edwards WCBC
7. BIESTON MATTERS:
Boundary Review – acknowledgement received to our letter.
Hugmore Farm, Hugmore Lane – questions were raised as to some of the things here but some were in the original planning. A diesel tank has been put here. The clerk did ask for a check to be done on the whole area.
The clerk has contacted the Enforcement officer to ask that the number of lights on the Golf driving range at Clays Golf Club be checked.
8.FOOTPATH TO CASTLE – SCHOOL LANE:
The clerk had met Mike Jones from Highways and walked the village with him. The markings on the Cross, traffic calming – Frog Lane and bollards on footpath were discussed along with potholes in School Lane. If access can be obtained through the locked gate Dee Lane then staggered fences can be put on the footpath to stop motor bikes using this route to the castle but allow pushchairs. Mr. Lewis proposed this be looked into, Mrs Clays seconded.
ITEM 2 – CORRESPONDENCE:
9.COMMUNITY LINK OFFICER FROM WCBC:
Mr. Steve Jones has contacted us to ask to attend a meeting to explain the new system for dealing with matters in the village. He is to be invited to the June meeting.
.MAYOR.S VISIT TO CHURCH: Mrs Penny is to attend.
10.GRANT APPLICATION: An application was received but there is an issue with this because the clerk was told by the Internal Audit that we are not allowed to give grants to individuals. It was decided not to give because the guidelines are not clear and we consider grants in October.
11.LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: notices and booklet. Noted
12.CLAYS GOLF CLUB: Sect 78 appeal on proposed new hotel – noted.
Home Farm House – removal of Leylandii – no objs ( Mr Gaade declared interest)
Ebenezer Cottage, Castle Street – erection of double garage – concern expressed over the scale of this development and that the door and window on the front of the garage were superfluous to the garage and are usually on the side.
14.MEETING TO DISCUSS PROPOSED PLAYING FIELD:
This is to be held on 12th June, 2007 at 7p.m. – clerk to book room.
15.FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2007.
A full statement of the financial transactions for the year 2006/07 was presented to each member. Mr. Gibson proposed this be signed and approved, Mr. Lewis seconded. Everyone in favour
ITEM 3 – ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
16.CAR PARK BY HAIRDRESSERS: Paul has kindly filled in some potholes here but this needs looking at as we need to maintain it. Need a litter bin here.
17.ST.CHAD’S – HOLT: Grants are being sought to re-wire the Church. A letter of support from the Community Council is to be sent.
18.MATTERS TO REPORT:
Dee Park – suckers on trees – remind. Huge potholes by entrance from Dee Park to play area. Sign saying no ball games smashed.
Bottle Bank – very noisy for nearby residents when bottles being put in.
No ball games on highway – ask if we can have one?
Cars parking by bus stop at Church.
Grasscutting – verges bad. Visibility all around Common poor. Hedge Plas Bostock.
Weeds on Holt/Farndon Bridge.
White van parked badly on Cross.
Community Centre – Incident of 2 fans falling whilst toddlers in centre as men working on roof and they had loosened them. This could have been serious. Letter to WCBC.
Next meeting on 26th June, 2007.
These to be listed when cheque book comes back from audit!
These were proposed by Mrs Jones and seconded by Mr Lewis.