MINERA COMMUNITIES NEWS MAY 2021
The replacement rocking horse head that was purchased to replace the one that went missing in Gwynfryn play area is no longer needed as the equipment was condemned by WCBC and removed. To recoup the cost, the head is now up for sale and may be placed on eBay from where it was purchased. Anyone interested, please contact the MCC clerk.
The new bin at the entrance to Minera quarry was still not in place, so would be chased up by the Clerk.
Scottish Power have been contacted regarding the culvert in Minera, and an inspection had been carried out on 19 May, following which a call had been received to advise that a full clearance of the gulley would be performed within 10 working days.
The underlying issue was that the boundary of Scottish Power’s responsibility ran down the middle of the stream. Piping of the water beneath the carriageway would be the only effective solution in the long term. Pending this, the local member requested the Clerk to make periodic and regular requests for the gulley to be cleared to avoid rubbish accumulating to the point where is caused flooding of the road in heavy rain.
The Clerk was still waiting for a response from WCBC regarding suitable application for the youth activities reserve funds. It was understood that the Youth Services office was still not re-occupied following the pandemic, and that this was delaying effective re-engagement with the service.
The Clerk had advised WCBC on several occasions in the past month of issues with potholes.
The co-option of a replacement Cllr following the resignation of Cllr Ian Messiter due to work commitments was discussed in private.
Two residents attended the zoom meeting in relation to the attenuation ditches at Eversley Court.
The Clerk had advised Councillors of concerns notified in the month relating to the condition of attenuation ditches recently installed at Eversley Court by Gower Homes. Gower had complied with all planning regulations.
Following a detailed discussion of the current condition of the ditches, during which the Chair invited the attending residents to air any concerns of their own, Cllr D Kelly undertook to contact the relevant officer at WCBC to establish whether the ditches had been constructed to a standard sufficient to allow responsibility for them to be transferred to a Management Company, as was planned.
The Chair asked PCSO Edwards whether any progress had been made in dealing with the recurrent problem of stray sheep in Gwynfryn. PCSO Edwards advised that the Rural Crime Unit were actively working on a solution to the issue, and that she was personally involved in the work to resolve the problems being experienced. The chair stated that he was unable to contact local police when needed, in particular with the sheep possibly endangering lives when on the highway.
The Clerk noted that a requested Police Operations Map for the district had not yet been received. This would now be provided forthwith, and PCSO Edwards also clarified concerns regarding local policing to explain that, in the evenings, all PCSOs were now assigned to the entire Borough, so that incidents would be attended by whichever officer was free to respond.
With respect to current Police activity, PCSO Edwards advised the meeting that there had been issues with entry to disused buildings in Minera, notably at Minera Hall, and thefts of catalytic converters had been recorded.
In his report, which had been circulated to members, the chair raised a number of points from it.
An incident of vandalism in Minera play area involving the burning of a litter bin had been quickly dealt with and rectified by WCBC. Fortunately, no damage to the play assets had been sustained.
Following a report from the Vicar of littering on the Church bank, litter picking equipment had been provided from the supplies put in place by WCBC.
Various pothole issues and a persistent problem with an uneven kerb at Maes Meillion had been notified during the month. This had been reported pre-covid. All issues had been passed to the WCBC for resolution via MCC.
Cllr D Kelly stated that the Tomlinson’s Dairy site at Pen y Palmant had apparently been bought for its refrigeration capacity, and the purchasers were active on site.
The previously reported incident of fly tipping at Tomlinson’s entrance on Maesgwyn Road had not been dealt with by WCBC as this was on private land . Separate instances of fly tipping of tyres had noticeably reduced in the last month.
Closure of the illegal travellers’ site on the A525 near the former Moor’s Inn had not been carried out by Denbighshire CC as Covid regulations prevented an eviction where alternative accommodation was unavailable.
The headgear at Minera Lead Mines had been discussed within WCBC. It was felt that the asset could be of interest to CADW, and in the interim a decision had been taken not to dismantle the headgear until funds were available – possibly via CADW – to re-erect it.
No face to face meetings were yet planned by WCBC. Certain Council buildings also remained closed with staff working from home.
The Community Agent, Susanne reported last month had been especially busy with new requests for assistance, and had provided a number of good opportunities to work with other agencies and providers.
The Tyn y Capel was not yet prepared to allow the resumption of Meet up Tuesday sessions, and the Church was also unable to offer a room due to ongoing Covid rules. Discussions would continue with the Tyn y Capel, and Cllr W Blaze added that Bwlchgwyn Village Hall was a potential alternative venue for the event at least to begin with.
The food-bank supplies were still in storage at the Tyn y Capel, and remarkably there was still no demand for items to be issued from stock.
A Dementia Village initiative was being researched, modelled on the successful introduction of such an initiative in Gresford. Signage and maps would ultimately be needed, and the formation of a committee to oversee installation and sustenance of facilities introduced.
The Chair thanked Susanne once more for her continued and much valued efforts, and the positive impact her role was having.
Cllr Ollerhead reported that no meeting of Minera School Governors had taken place since the previous Council meeting, but engagement with the Headmaster had received a positive response to the proposal that children from the school should perform the official opening of the new play facilities in Minera. The Chair asked the Clerk to establish a suitable date when numbers meeting outdoors could exceed 50, prior to the end of the Summer term. Dates of 2,9 and 16 July would be preferable, subject to Covid stipulations.
Cllr D Kelly asked the Clerk to clarify the legal position which had been enacted with respect to Council meetings. The Clerk responded to advise that face to face meetings were set to re-start within overall Covid-19 guidelines. The law would now require, however, that any face to face meeting must have a facility for any attendee to be present virtually if desired. The law stated that a minimum of ‘hearing and being able to be heard’ would be required.
A number of requests for financial assistance had been received during the month. Following a brief discussion, it was proposed that a donation of £200 be granted to Hope House towards ongoing costs.
Further requests for assistance from Mencap and Wrexham Community Broadcasting were deferred pending further enquiries as to the expected benefits in the Minera community of the charity’s work in the case of Mencap, and the potential for commercially generated income in the case of Wrexham Community Broadcasting.
Following a further brief discussion relating to the progress being made by Coedpoeth United in bringing the football pitch back into use, The Chair asked the Clerk, when paying over the balance of the donation awarded in 2020, to enquire whether further modest financial support to cover signage or litter control would be welcome. It is emphasised that usage of the field is for the benefit of all five Minera Villages. Coedpoeth F C are to be commended for the work that has been done since they first applied to use it. Residents are requested not to allow their pets to foul on any part of the football field and to remove any dog mess in any part of the facility.
Planning application number P/2021/0421, various alterations and modifications at Arfryn, New Brighton had been received during the month. Following a short discussion the Chair asked the Clerk to advise the nominated planning officer that Minera Community Council had no objections or observations with respect to the application, provided that all items listed within it satisfied both planning and building regulations.
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