LOCAL COUNCIL NEWS
The problem of inaccurate school assessments has been raised. It appears that some schools have received conflicting reports while others are receiving assessments which are just plain inaccurate.
The Association is to invite an appropriate speaker to the next meeting on the subject.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS
The local authority development plan process is now taking place. There is great concern at the methods being used to assess housing need with large scale housing allocated to areas which are down to grown in size by a disproportionate amount.
The subject is to become a main agenda item for the next meeting.
PLANNING AND UNDERSTANDING APPLICATIONS
The Association considered a paper on planning applications and understanding them. There were differing experiences from principle authority to principle authority.
It is hoped that the charters may improve the situation.
However, it was noted that it was a statutory requirement of planning authorities to consult with Town and Community Councils.
CHARTERS FOR COMMUNITY COUNCILS
The Association received a presentation from Gill Hayes (Conwy County Council) on charters. The Association supports the introduction of charters and feels that this is a positive way forward in gaining a better working relationship between Principle and Community Councils.
WELSH LANGUAGE POLICY
The Association has adopted in principle a Welsh Language Policy in line with the Blue Level as set out by the Welsh Language Board. The draft is now available on the web site.
CLOSURE OF COMMUNITY HOSPITALS
The Association has expressed concern over the closure of community hospitals. This subject is to be a main agenda item for the next quarterly meeting.
Some member councils are finding difficulty in getting their councils to go for election instead of co-option. Elections can be expensive and this is often the reason given for co-option. The Association agreed that where at all possible elections should take pace and that co-option should be a final not first resort.
WORKING WITH ONE VOICE WALES
The Association has approached the WAG via Janet Finch-Saunders AM. The Association is still seeking a working relationship with OVW but there is little common ground.
A Question on the matter was put to the WAG seeking a better status for the Association.
There is to be an annual conference to be held on Saturday 10th March 2012 at the Springfield Hotel Holywell. The cost will be £26 per head including a buffet lunch, speakers, workshops and presentation pack..
The minutes and newsletter is to be circulated to all MP’s, AM’s, newspapers and other interested parties following each meeting of the Association.