Minutes of QUARTERLY MEETING held at CONNAGH’S QUAY TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES on FRIDAY 16th July 2010
COUNCILLOR MR JOHN CONNAH (Presiding)
THE ATTENDANCE AND APOLOGIES LIST WAS AS FOLLOWS:
|Officers||John Connah (Chair)Brian Bertolla (Vice Chair)
Alan Gunn (President)
Robert Robinson (Secretary)
|Dorothy Bulled (Chair)N Jones (Treasurer)|
|ABERGELE TOWN COUNCIL||Richard G WatersBrian C Roberts||Tina Earley (Clerk)J A MacLennan|
|ARGOED COMMUNITY COUNCIL||Maureen JonesD White
|BANGOR CITY COUNCIL||D BulledD Hainge|
|BAY OF COLWYN TOWN COUNCIL||John Roberts (Clerk)|
|BUCKLEY TOWN COUNCIL||John Woolley||R B Jones|
|CAERWYS COMMUNITY COUNCIL||Jonothan Webb|
|CONNAH’S QUAY TOWN COUNCIL||Ron HillBrian Bone
|CONWY TOWN COUNCIL||Helen RobertsHelen Armitage (Clerk)||Christine Gilligara|
|DENBIGH TOWN COUNCIL||Ian DaviesPeter Glynn
Medwyn Jones (clerk)
|Raymond BartleyGraham Maudsley|
|FLINT TOWN COUNCIL||Terry Renshaw|| Lorna Jones
|HAWARDEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL||John Walker|
|HOLYWELL TOWN COUNCIL||Barry ScraggKaren Davies
Colin Pierce (clerk)
|B P Lambert
|LLANDUDNO TOWN COUNCIL||D S Banks|
|LLANFAIRFECHAN TOWN COUNCIL||Christine RobertsE Shepherd (Clerk)||Carol Edwards|
|LLANGOLLEN TOWN COUNCIL||Major Mike Adams|
|MEINAI BRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL||Harrold BartonJacqueline Jones
Linda Fraser Williams (Clerk)
|NEWTOWN TOWN COUNCIL||Joy JonesVicky Ruffcock|
|PENMAENMAWR TOWN COUNCIL||Fiona McDonaldHarry Jones|
|PRESTATYN TOWN COUNCIL|
|RHOSLLANNERCHRUGOG COMMUNITY COUNCIL||Wendy OwensTrina Nicholls-Smith|
|RHUDDLAN TOWN COUNCIL||G H Williams|
|RHYL TOWN COUNCIL||J ButterfieldJ Chaimberlain Jones|
|RUTHIN TOWN COUNCIL||Ken HawkinsBetty Downs||D Williams (clerk)|
|SHOTTON TOWN COUNCIL||Elwyn Roy Jones||S Cartright|
|ST ASAPH TOWN COUNCIL||Elsie PowellBarbara Rust||Dewi OwensD A Thomas|
|TOWYN AND KINMELL BAY TOWN COUNCIL||D Cowans (Clerk)Den Stone
Mrs Mariette Roberts
|WELSHPOOL TOWN COUNCIL||Ann HollowayShane Squibb||Stephen Kaye|
WELCOME BY THE MAYOR OF CONNAGH’S QUAY
The Mayor of Connagh’s Quay Town Council welcomed the meeting to the town.
1359 THE NOTICE OF THE MEETING MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
The notice of the meeting was accepted.
The minutes of the last meeting were signed by the chair as a correct record subject to the corrections regarding the attendance list.
1360 BOUNDARIES COMMISSION
Mr Edward Lewis addressed the meeting on the subject of the Boundary Commission and the changes proposed to County Council boundaries. A booklet was issued to each delgate outlining the way the proposals were put together. The main aim appeared to be to achieve electoral divisions of 1750 electors irrespective of local differences, cultures or needs. The responses to the initial proposals was poor and it was hoped that the proposals now put forward will envoke discussion and more responses.
Mr Edward Lewis confirmed that the proposals issued were not set in stone and reasoned arguments for something different will be listened to. The purpose of the proposals now put forward was to bring forward debate, it appears to have done this.
There was much concern among the membership which was expressed.
The main concerns expressed included:
The use of multiple councillor divisions.
The lack of consideration for differing communities which have been put together.
The lack of local knowledge with geographical differences not being recognised.
The rule being broken that Community Council Boundaries can not be changed, where there are cases that this has clearly happened.
The meeting AGREED that it was now better informed following the presentation.
1361 DYFED POWYS POLICE
A presentation was given by Chief Inspector Tavener. The presentation showed that this police force was behind others such as North Wales. However, things are planned to improved with more powers to be given to PCSO’s.
A pilot scheme for managing Neighbourhood Policing is to be run in Welshpool and it is hoped this will improve the situation.
Due to time, questions were limited and any Mid Wales Councils should contact him direct on any specific issues.
1362 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
The meeting was updated on the following:
Charity Shops – The Secretary gave a short update on this subject. The WAG accepts that there is an issue here and a full paper is being prepared by the Secretary for submission.
Wind Farms – At the request of the president this will be a main agenda item at the next meeting. The Secretary confirmed that Cheryl Gillan MP (Secretary for Wales) stated at a meeting in Powys with the Community Councils that the IPC would be abolished
under a Conservative Government (this is happening) and also that review of the number of wind farm turbines would be undertaken (it appears this is the case).
North South Link Road for Wales
The secretary had written to the WAG on this issue and a reply received. However, the reply did not give much hope of any early movement. The appropriate representative from the WAG is to be asked to attend the January 2011
meeting of the association.
1363 COMMUNITY TOILET SCHEME
An outline of the Community Toilet Scheme was given by Cllr B Bertolla. This is a scheme where the County Councils offer a sum of money (Between £600 and £800pa) to business premises where they are prepared to allow their toilets to be used by the public without them needing to use she services of that business. It was understood that Llandudno had found this successful, Powys offers a similar scheme but the take up was not so good.
All agreed that the scheme was worthwhile and should be pursued wherever possible.
1364 COMMUNITY STRATEGY PARTNERSHIP
The Secretary confirmed that Cllr M Roberts of Towyn and Kinmel Town Council was elected to serve the Association on the Conwy Community Strategy Partnership.
1365 DOG FOULING AND LITTER
The subject of consultation between County Councils and Town/Community Councils on Dog Fouling/Littering is be the subject of a full debate at the October Quarterly meeting of the Association.
1366 CONSULTATION WITH COUNTY COUNCILS
The subject of consultation between County Councils and Town/Community Councils on Forums and Consultations is be the subject of a full debate at the October Quarterly meeting of the Association.
Generally it appeared (apart from Powys County Council) that the information given by each County Council was broadly correct.
1367 WEB SITE
The Web Site is at http://www.welshpooltowncouncil.com/NWALTCC.htm
1368 DATE OF NEXT MEETING (AGM AND QUARTERLY MEETING)
To be held at RHUDDLAN TOWN COUNCIL at 10.30am on Friday 15th October 2010
1369 GUESTS FOR NEXT MEETING
There are to be no guest speakers at the next meeting to allow for a full debate on the main issues to be put on the agenda.
1370 Flint Magistrates Courts – Closure proposals
The meeting discussed the possible closure of Flint Magistrates Court. After discussion it was AGREED that the association would object to such a proposal and that the secretary should write accordingly to the authorities.
1371 ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN FORWARD FROM THE MEETING
Letters to be sent to the County Councils on Dog Fouling programmes who did not reply first time around.
Letters to be send to the County Councils on Dog Fouling to ask how we can help.
Letters to be sent to County Councillors on Council Forums and Consultation who did not reply first time around.
Letters to be send to the County Councils on Council Forums and Consultation to ask how we can help.
The next agenda to not have any speakers but the main topics of Wind Farms, Dog fouling/Litter and County Council Forums/communications.
The WAG to be invited to attend the January meeting to speak on the North South Link Road.
Letter to be sent to John Roberts thanking for his work in Local Government.
Letter to be sent objecting to the Court Closures with regard to Flint Magistrates Court.