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F&G Minutes 2/11/15

HOLYHEAD TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2015 7.00 p.m.

 

Councillors present:  W J Chorlton (Chairman), J V Owen, Mrs Ann Kennedy, John Knox-Crawford, S J Redmond, J M Evans, T Lloyd Hughes, K Tatlock, E G Jones, Mrs Ailia Lewis MBE and Mrs Jean A LL Williams

In attendance: C Ll Everett (Town Clerk/Financial Officer)

Mrs P R Scott (Clerk/Typist)

Gareth Williams from the local Press

 

1.  The Chairman asked the question “Is any member of the public or any member making a recording of the meeting”?  to which Mrs Angela Redmond from the public gallery said that she was making notes and Councillor Ann Kennedy stated that she was also making written notes.

 

2.  Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ron Williams, Keith R Roberts, Stan Hadley,

Mrs R N Keegans and Mrs Beryl Warner BEM

 

3.  DECLARATION OF INTEREST by any Councillor or Officer:

Councillor J M Evans stated that he was a member of the Planning Committee (Anglesey County Council) and would not take part in the vote on Planning Appl no 19C 792J (Full application for change of use of part of the land into a touring caravan park (28 pitch) erection of a shower/toilet block together with the formation of a new access road at Breakwater Country Park Holyhead and Planning Appl No. 19LPA875B/CC (Full application for change of use of part of the land into a touring caravan park (28 pitch) erection of a shower/toilet block together with the formation of a new access road at Breakwater County Park, Holyhead   

 

4. The Town Clerk was pleased to announce that Trefi Môn (Five towns on Anglesey) had been nominated by Senior Police officers to receive an Award and the Police & Crime Commissioner for North Wales, Mr Winston Roddick CB, QC had made the decision that the top Award should be given to Trefi Môn on the installation of the new CCTV system.   The Mayor, Councillor J V Owen together with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mrs Ann Kennedy had attended the Award Ceremony at Kinmel Manor Abergele when they were presented with the Award by the Police & Crime Commissioner, Mr Winston Roddick CB, QC.  The CCTV system was now up and running in all of the five towns and a formal announcement and official launch had been made at the Holyhead Town Hall on Tuesday 13 October 2015 when the local Press had attended and representatives of the five towns were present.

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MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2015 7.00 p.m.

 

5.   To receive a Power point presentation from Dewi Lloyd and Elizabeth White (VVP funding):

Dewi Lloyd stated that they were now half-way through the programme which will end in March 2017 and covered the area of Holyhead and into Trearddur Bay which included the beach area of Trearddur Bay.

The VVP funding allocated was for over a three and a half year period which totalled seven and a half million pounds with the completed projects being match funded from the Anglesey County Council, the North Wales Housing Association, the Welsh Government, the Clwyd Alyn Housing Association and Grwp Cynefin.  The completed projects included the new terraced houses at Rhes Capel, Longford Road Holyhead (the site of the former Methodist Chapel);  energy efficiency and external improvements to the Llys Watling block of 18 flats at London Road;  the Cyttir Lane social housing apartments; first time buyer refurbishment grants; employing energy Wardens to develop home improvement and energy efficiency plans for targeted households; Bwlch Alltran social housing; Cross Street  social housing; enabling Schools rationalisation – to determine usage of the sites of Thomas Ellis, Park School and Llaingoch Primary Schools; Market Street improvements; Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Phase 2; Market Hall hub; Holyhead Investment fund to support eligible business investment; business units at Penrhos; a new build centre on the site of the former Jesse Hughes Centre to offer a range of services that will provide targeted support to individuals and families; creation of a new specialised equipped Ynys Môn Gymnastics Club; the purchase and installation of a new pre-fabricated building in the grounds of Ysgol Kingsland to enable the creation of a range of bi-lingual childcare services to meet the needs of the local community; improvements to the Kingsland Community Centre; a number of physical improvements to the Holyhead Leisure Centre to provide a better quality leisure environment that will encourage local people from Holyhead, Holy Island and other surrounding areas (including tourists) to participate in healthy activities and increase the usage of the leisure centre; physical improvements to the Holyhead Football stadium stand and changing rooms and an internal extension to the existing Holyhead and Anglesey Weightlifting centre at Millbank to meet the increasing demand from users to encourage more people to develop healthier lifestyles.

The Welsh Government were keen to provide more social housing, create new employment and to encourage higher re-cycling targets in the area.

Dewi Lloyd stated that there had been a positive response from the local businesses in the town centre of an increase in footfall following the Market Street improvements and the re-location of the Post Office to 16-18 Stanley Street. 

 

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HOLYHEAD TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2015 7.00 p.m.

 

The Town Clerk stated that there were serious problems with car parking in Stanley Street since the opening of the new Post Office.  Parking in that area is now becoming very difficult and there is a danger of a serious accident due to the bollards on the footways.   Dewi Lloyd stated that it was hoped in the future that an improvement scheme would be carried out in Stanley Street similar to the works carried out in Market Street.

Following a question from Councillor Mrs Ailia Lewis MBE, Dewi Lloyd stated that he would make enquiries on who owns the Skinner’s Monument land. 

Councillor Trefor Lloyd Hughes stated that the Holyhead High School had been asked to take over the running track at Millbank,  that it was a priority for the well being of our youth and that the Holyhead Rugby Club were keen to use this facility again at Millbank once improvements had been made.   Dewi Lloyd stated that a survey was being carried out regarding the Millbank site. 

Councillor John Knox-Crawford stated that he had discovered that one of the Princes of Wales was buried at St Cybi’s Parish Church and this fact should be made more widely known to locals and to tourists who visit the town.

Councillor J V Owen stated that as St Cybi’s Parish Church was an important historical site in the town that proper floodlights should be placed around the Church which would be visible to ships arriving at the port.  Dewi Lloyd took notes of all the comments that were made by Councillors.

Both Elizabeth and Dewi were thanked for attending the meeting and for the presentation that was given.

They then left the Council Chamber.

 

5.  To welcome a representative from the North Wales Police to the meeting:

Sergeant 1778 Tracey Llewelyn listened to the concerns raised by Councillors which were mostly concerning parking problems in various locations around the town and confirmed that PCSO’s carried out daily planned patrols in all areas of the town.  Priority was given to violent crime, anti-social behaviour, the problem of drugs and shop-lifting.  Sergeant Tracey Llewelyn stated that CCTV played an important role in the detection of crime in providing evidence when offenders appeared in Court.

As the Town Councillors were still concerned over the problems of dangerous car parking at junctions such as Holborn Road and at the bottom of King’s Road and car parking on pavements and yellow lines, it was resolved that the Town Council invites a member of the Highways Dept to the next meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting scheduled to be held on 8 February 2016 so that attempts could be made to try and solve this on-going problem. Minute No. 4010/15

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HOLYHEAD TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2015 7.00 p.m.

 

It was also resolved that due to financial constraints in Police budgets that the Holyhead Town Council writes to the Home Secretary to state that not enough funding is made available to the North Wales Police.

 

6.  Receipts and Payments (months of August and September 2015):

It was resolved that all Receipts for the month of August £166,458.12 and £45.35

and September 2015 amounting to £49,853.16 and Payments made for the month of August amounting to £65,078.52 (cheque nos 109418 – 109463) and September 2015 amounting to £128,235.79 (cheque nos 109464 – 109504 be approved.

Minute no 4011/15

Councillor J V Owen left the meeting at this stage 8.05 p.m.

 

7.  CORRESPONDENCE:

A : Built Landscape and Lanscape Section Planning Section, Anglesey County Council : Proposed motorhome and tourer Caravan park Breakwater Country Park Holyhead Planning Appl No 19LPA875B/CC and public Consultation Analysis

 

The two Planning Applications nos 19LPA875B/CC :  Full application for change of use of part of the land into a touring Caravan park (28 pitch), erection of a shower/toilet block together with the formation of a new access road at Breakwater Country Park and

Appl No 19C792J : Full application for change of use of part of the land into a touring Caravan park (28 pitch), erection of a shower/toilet block together with the formation of a new access road at Breakwater Country park which were discussed at the Council Meeting held on Monday 5 October 2015 were considered following the information on the Agenda from the Planning Dept of the Anglesey County Council dated 15 October 2015 and the Public Consultation Analysis dated 10 September 2015.

It was resolved  that the Holyhead Town Council objects to these two Planning Applications at the proposed site as it was  considered that they would be at the wrong location in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Minute no 4012/15

Councillor Mrs Ann Kennedy abstained from the vote.  Councillor J M Evans took no part in the discussion or vote.

The meeting concluded at 8.40 p.m.