March 22, 2022

MINUTES OF HARLECH COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT THE BAND ROOM, HARLECH AT 7.30 P.M. ON 04.10.21

MINUTES OF HARLECH COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT THE BAND ROOM, HARLECH AT 7.30 P.M. ON 04.10.21
Annwen Hughes 04.10.21

APOLOGIES

Cllrs. CeriGriffiths, Rhian Corps, Gordon Howie.

 

PRESENT

Cllrs. Huw Jones (Chairman),  Edwina Evans, Sian Roberts, Christopher Braithwaite, Martin Hughes, Tegid John, Thomas Mort, Emma Howie, Wendy Williams.

 

TheChairman welcomed Cllr. Emma Howie to her first meeting of the Council and theDeclaration of Acceptance of Office was signed by her at the start of theofficial Council meeting.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting held on September6th 2021 were found to be correct.

 

DECLARATIONOF INTEREST

Nobody had any declaration ofinterst to make.

 

GWYNEDD COUNCIL MATTERS

The following report was receivedfrom Cllr. Gwynfor Owen –That he was still receiving a lot of complaints with regard to differentmatters and also still holding surgeries and walking around the area at leastonce a week. He had noticed there was a dip in the road in The Waun estate andthat he had contacted the Council who had contacted Welsh Water as this wastheir responsibility. Concerns had been voiced that there more second homes inthe area.

He had not received a reply from Gwynedd Councilwith regard to Bron y Graig Park but the Council Members stated that Mr. MeirionGriffith had cut the grass as it looked untidy. He had not received a replywith regard to the results of the traffic measuring and that he had met withMr. Adrian Williams, Meirionnydd Area Engineer together with Cllr. WendyWilliams and that Mr. Williams had stated that it would be possible to installa tiger crossing opposite Ty Canol estate and there was a need to tidy up thesignage in the area. He had also been around the area with the local PSCO. Alsoattended the Owain Glyndwr procession and the British Legion afternoon tea. Hehad voiced conern that buisnessus were suffering when the high street wasclosed. He had met with the Director of Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure and was alsogoing to arrange a site meeting on Min y Don car park and the Chairman agreedto attend this if possible or the Vice Chair, Cllr. Edwina Evans would attend.Cllr. Owen needed to know the Members’ opinion with regards to the barrier andit was agreed that there was a need for this to stay. He made it known that hehad been told there would be no problem in obtaining flashing signs but theCommunity Council would have to pay for them.

 

MATTERSARISING

BudgetPlan

It was reported that the Council had spent£35,794.32 since the start of the new financial yearand this was £3,409.63 lessexpenditure than what  was earmarked inthe budget for the year. This was mainly because the sum of £10,000 that wasearmarked for Gwynedd Council as payment for the partnership to keep the publictoilets open has not been paid.

 

Our Area 2035

It was made known that some Members had been through the document withregards to the above and it was agreed that the 5 good things about the araeare the following – language, landscape, people supporting each other, good healthcentre and the area’s culture. The 5 things that is not so good are thefollowing – concern of reduction in services i.e. youth clubs, libraries,transport, child care and well paid jobs. It was agreed that Cllrs. Sian Robertsand Christopher Braithwaite have a further discussion with Gwen Evans,Community Support Officer with regard to this matter.

 

Pen y Graig Land

TheClerk reported that she had not heard from Cath Hicks from Adult Learning Walessince the last Council meeting.

694........................................Cadeirydd

Toilets by the Castle

The Chairmanreported that the three hand washing and drying units are now in place and thetoilets have opened. Also the Chairman stated that a few other things areneeded and he has made arrangements to purchase these. The Clerk reported thatshe has drawn up a contract between the Council and Mr. Lee Warwcik and theChairman agreed to discuss this contract with Mr. Warwick before signing it.

On behalf ofthe Council thanks were conveyed to the Chairman for all his work with theabove toilets since the process started of taking them over from GwyneddCouncil back in 2019.

 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Changeof use of ground and lower ground floor restaurant (A3) to a dwellinghouse(C3), together with external alterations to fenestration and erection of rearground floor balcony - Weary Walkers Café, Stryd Fawr, Harlech (NP5/61/335D)

Object to this application because they are of the opinion that the buildinghas never been a house and also concerned that the town will loose another business.Also the Members are of the opinion that this area should be kept as a shoppingarea.

 

TREASURER’SREPORT

The Treasurer reported that there was £85,110.52 in the bank, £31,094.56in the reserve account, £100.00 in the Chairman’s account and £2.82 in thecemetery account.

 

Invoicesneeding payment since last meeting

Mr.Geraint Williams - £1,000.00 –  christmaslights

Customs& Excise        -  £110.00 –  tax on Clerk’s wages

GwyneddCouncil         -  £210.00 -  internal audit 20/21

CCF                                  -   £65.61  -  supplies for toilet by the castle

CameronMay                -£750.00  -  remove old and install new wash hand dryer intoilets by the castle

Mr. T.Edwards              - £350.00  -  pruningof trees on Penygraig land

Mr.G. J. Williams          - £144.00 –  cut grass King George playing field andfootball field

 

Moniesreceived since last meeting

PopulusData Solutions - £50.00 – donation towards upkeep of King George V playingfield

 

Applications for financial contribution

OldLibrary Committee         -  £1,000.00

MemorialHall Committee     - £1,000.00

Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure - £10,142.95– half the precept proposal

 

The Treasurer reported further with regard to theletter that she had received from HSBC informing the Council that they weremaking changes to thier buisness account including changes to some of theirservices from the 1st November this year, that she had visited the bank and hadreceived a form to complete so as to set up BACS payments. Permission was givento the Clerk/Treasurer Cllrs Edwina Evans and Wendy Williams to sign the formso as to set up BACS payments and it was agreed to set the payment limit at £15,000.

 

CORRESPONDANCE

Gwynedd Council –Highways Department

Received a letter fromthe above asking if the Council any salt bins that need filling before the coldweather and if any bin needs refilling would they contact the Department by the1st of November so that they can arrange for the work to be done. The cost offilling one bin is £46.00. The Chairman agreed to go around the salt bins thatare in the area. Also it was agreed to ask if it would be possible to have anextra salt bin on the bend by Pant Mawr.

 

 

 

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Liz Saville Roberts A.S

Received aletter from the above asking if the Council would respond to the consultationby the Department of Transport of the UK Government regarding the dangerous useof personal watercraft (jet skis) and send their comments to the following linkhttps://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strengthening-enforcement-of-the-dangerous-use-of-recreational-and-personal-watercraft. It was agreed toforward this e-mail to all Members.

 

GwyneddCouncil – Environment Department

Received a reply fromMr. Gwyn Lloyd Evans, Footpaths Officer stating that the lower haning post onthat gate on public footpath no. 29 has broken and they are going to look intothe posibility of fixing it. He also stated that they will be looking at thestate of public footpath no. 4 as soon as possible.

 

Ms FreyaBentham

Received ane-mail from the above thanking the Community Council for allowing her to place binson the land near the path to the Church while she ran the Llew Glas Cafe andasking if it would be possible for her to plant some flowers/trees on the pieceof land where the bins used to be as a thank you. It was agreed for this to bedone and to thank Ms Bentham for doing it.

 

Aaron Wynne

Received an e-mail from the above asking ifthe Community Council would support the petition organized by Mabon Ap GwynforMS and Liz Saville Roberts MP with regard to HSBC’s recent decision to imposenew charges for community bank accounts. It was agreed to forward this e-mailto all Members. It was agreed to forward this e-mail to allMembers.

 

ANY OTHER MATTER

It was madeknown that the christmas lights will be turned on on the 27th of November andwanted to ask Gwynedd Council if it would be possible to shut off half of thelower Bron y Graig car park so as to erect craft stalls there.

Also it wasmade known that 4 trees had been purchased and that electricity had beeninstalled by Ty Canol entrance so as to be able to erect a tree there.

TheChairman reported that himself and Mr. Tom Edwards had been cutting back treesin Penygraig and that they had noticed that trees lower down were dying andbecause of this the Chairman had arranged to meet Mr. Rhydian Roberts from theNational Park.

Concern wasvoiced with regard to the state of the Goat’s Track and that it neededattention and the Clerk agreed to contact Cath Hicks from Adult Learning Waleswith regard to this matter as they are responsible for the site.

Disappointmentwas voiced of hearing that Mr. Meirion Griffith had come across a lot of dogpoo when cutting the public footpaths in the area.

Cllr.Christopher Braithwaite made it known that he had obtained prices for signs tobe placed by the entrance to Ty Canol to warn drivers that children wereplaying. It was agreed to purchase these signs and the Clerk agreed to contactthe National Park to see if planning permission was needed for these signs.

Cllr.Martin Hughes reported that he had attended a meeting of One Voice Wales andthat a talk had been given by Mabon Ap Gwynfor on holiday/second homes and alsothe Chief Executive of Adra.

 

 

SIGNED..........................................Chairman    

 

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