MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BORTH COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD AT THE MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 14 MAY 2012 AT 18.30 HRS
Present: Chairperson: A J Morris (chaired the meeting until the election of the new Chairperson)
C Bainbridge Cllr Elect
M Griffiths Cllr Elect
J James Cllr Elect
G B Jones Cllr Elect
J M Lawrence Cllr Elect
L Moore Cllr Elect
W J Williams Cllr Elect
M J Willcox Cllr Elect
In Attendance: Clerk: M C Walker
3 Members of the Public
1. County Cllr Ray Quant.
DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE BY CLLRS ELECT
2. The following Cllrs Elect read their declaration of acceptance of office: Cllrs Bainbridge, Griffiths, James, Jones, Lawrence, Moore, Williams and Cllr Willcox.
ELECTION OF A CHAIRPERSON
3. Cllr Margaret Griffiths was elected as Chairperson for 2012/13. All members present voted in favour.
DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE
4. Cllr Griffiths made her declaration of acceptance of office and took the Chair.
ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRPERSON
5. Cllr Carol Bainbridge was voted as Vice Chairperson for 2012/13. All members present voted in favour.
MINUTES OF THE LAST ANNUAL MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
6. Copies of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 9 May 2011 were available. The minutes had been confirmed as being a true record at the 6th June 2011 meeting, Minute 36.
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT FOR 2011/12
7. The most important project the village has seen for decades is nearing completion. The new coastal defence scheme has been in continuous construction since Jan 2011 by BAM Nuttall as principle contractors. Their involvement in community life has become legendary – supporting local groups, joining in carnival events, providing an information centre etc and I know some of them will miss Borth when they go as many of us will miss them. Thanks are due to Ray Jones and Alice for keeping the community council constantly up to date with progress reports. I know that there have been times of frustration but we have had more than a fair share of laughs along the way. Thanks again to you all.
Within the village we have seen a near complete upgrading of the pavement from the Golf Club to the north of Cambrian Terrace as well as a complete refurbishment of the toilet block opposite the TIC.
The new purpose built block for the Borth Volunteer Fire Station was formally opened by Lord Elystan Morgan and Barbara Owen in 2011. BCC has consistently supported this vital service for the community and has given financial support as and when it has been required.
On a perhaps more controversial note, the parking issue has raised its head again. The County Council will shortly have responsibility for enforcing traffic regulation orders. For the time being, existing restrictions will remain but it is intended to review these before summer 2013. It is essential that this review takes place because the overwhelming body of opinion within the community is that the current restrictions unjustly place on residents and visitors alike obligations which are, in many cases, simply impossible to undertake. This situation has to change. I hope the next community council takes a significant lead in making sure the review occurs and that the county council consults fully with the residents of Borth.
The Community Council continues, rightly in my view, to support the Memorial Hall with revenue funding. Occasionally, extra funding is needed for capital projects and to this end Borth Community Council helped finance re-wiring to comply with the latest standards.
Margaret Griffiths and John James were co-opted on to the Council during the year, but sadly, Gwynfor Lewis resigned. He will be sorely missed because he got things done – grit bins being a case in point.
In conclusion I want to put on record my thanks to Margaret, our Clerk, whose proficiency and patience is second to none – especially when dealing with me!
Good luck for the next 4 years.
INVITED QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
8. Mrs Brenda Davies asked for a notice directing the public to the toilets by the RNLI station.
She also enquired as to whether the slipway would be open for launching of boats this year? The Clerk said she would make enquiries with Cliff Bates of Ceredigion County Council.
CHECK INVENTORY OF COUNCIL’S DEEDS
9. The Clerk stated the original Deeds are held by the Council’s solicitor and that she holds duplicate copies, which were available for Cllrs to check.
10. There being no further business the Chairperson closed the meeting at 18.50hrs.
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