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Minutes - AGM May 2010

CYNGOR CYMUNED Y BORTH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BORTH COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD AT THE MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 10 MAY 2010 AT 18.30 HRS
 
Present: Chairperson: M Griffiths
    C Bainbridge
    F Hitchings
    G B Jones
    J Lawrence
    A J Morris
    J Owen
    R Wyatt
In Attendance: County Cllr: R P Quant
  Clerk: M C Walker
    6 Members of the Public
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
APOLOGIES
 
1. Cllrs J Jones, M Teasdale and Cllr W J Williams.
 
ELECTION OF A CHAIRPERSON
 
2.  Cllr Jackie Lawrence was elected as Chairperson for 2010/11.  The following Cllrs voted for: C Bainbridge, M Griffiths, G B Jones, A J Morris and R Wyatt.  Cllrs Hitchings and Owen abstained from voting.                                                                                                                                               
 
DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE
 
3.  Cllr Jackie Lawrence made her declaration of acceptance of office and took the Chair.
 
ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRPERSON
 
4.  Cllr Anthony Morris was elected as Vice Chairperson for 2010/11.  The following Cllrs voted for: Cllr C Bainbridge, M Griffiths, B G Jones, J Lawrence and R Wyatt.  Cllrs Hitchings and Owen abstained from voting.
 
MINUTES OF THE LAST ANNUAL MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
 
5.  Copies of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 11 May 2009 were available.  Cllr Wyatt made the point that she had abstained from voting during the election of chairperson and not voted against as stated in Minute 2.  It was then resolved to confirm the minutes of the last AGM as being a true record.
 
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT FOR 2009/10
 
6.  Cllr Lawrence read out the following report on behalf of Cllr Griffiths to the meeting and passed a copy to the Clerk for inclusion in the Minutes.
 
It has been another busy year for Borth Community Council and the following are some of the highlights:
 
The Council has financially supported the following community facilities-
 
The building of a new fire station
Community Gardens
Borth United Football Club
 
plus smaller donations to other worthy causes.
 
Work has been completed on refurbishing the children's playground.
 
The Council has been pro-active in progressing the coastal defence scheme.
 
An information board has been designed and erected by the RNLI station.
 
Sadly, we lost two past members of Council, namely Mr Aran Morris MBE and Mr Berwyn Lewis. 
 
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Margaret and Ray for their continued support and to the councillors for their contribution to the Council.
 
INVITED QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
 
7.   The main issues raised by members of the public were:
 
Mr Mike Biggs.  Mr Biggs asked “What does the Council intend to do about the dog ban?”. He stated that the ban had not been properly enforced last year and that 90 dogs had already been seen on the beach since the 1st May.  Mr Biggs asked that the Clerk minute his comments. He went on to say that the two people prosecuted last year for walking their dogs on the beach were pensioners and asked “ Is the ban only for locals or for everybody?”.  He said it wasn't fair to prosecute people from the village. Cllr Frank Hitchings asked that proper signage be erected stating clearly what the penalties are for taking dogs on the beach. Cllr Wyatt said that there was a sign at the southern end of the village which was illegal since the Dog Control Order had come into force. Cllr Owen said that when the DCO was introduced in 2008 Ceredigion County Council should have erected signs to explain the Order, why it's there and what the consequences are. The Clerk was asked to contact Ceredigion County Council for bigger signs and penalty notices.  Cllr Hitchings went on to say that there had been no prosecutions for dog fouling and that fouling on pavements was an issue.  Cllr Wyatt asked why we made more of an issue of dog fouling than on litter etc. Cllr Owen asked that when Ceredigion County Council consulted on Control of Dogs, Borth Community Council only asked for the playing fields to be considered.  It was suggested that we ask the Community Warden to visit the village out of his or her normal working hours.
 
Mr Graham Owen.  Mr Owen raised the issue of illegal parking on the high street during May and September.  He said that people were being prosecuted for breaking the Dog Control Order and therefore motorists should also be prosecuted for breaking the law. The Chairman asked Mr Owen “Where do you propose people park their cars then?”.  He replied that they should find a garage to park their vehicles. Cllr Owen said that owning a car was a privilege and not a right.  Mr James Davies suggested that the road traffic orders be reviewed as the orders were currently unenforceable.  Clr Bryn Jones said that this was a matter that should be raised at the next PACT meeting.
 
CHECK INVENTORY OF COUNCIL’S DEEDS
 
8.  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.
 
At this point Cllr Margaret Griffiths left the meeting due to a prior engagement.
 
MEETING CLOSED
 
9.  There being no further business the Chairperson closed the meeting at 19.15 hrs.
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