Minutes 21/9/2017

Minutes of the meeting of Sesswick Community Council, held in Marchwiel Village Hall on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 7pm



Cllr John Hurst                         Chairman

Cllr S. Heather Rowland           Vice- Chairman

Cllr Christine Stead

Cllr Elizabeth Griffiths

Cllr Raymond Jones

Cllr Fern Williams

Cllr John Pritchard                   County Councillor

Cllr David Williams

Ian Griffiths                             Clerk/ Responsible Financial Officer

P.C.S.O. Lynn Maurice             North Wales Police

PCSO Michael Simister            North Wales Police

Andrew Williams                     Community First Response, Welsh Ambulance

Five representatives from:         Offa Community Council

Marchwiel Community Council

Erbistock and Eyton Community Council


17/84   Apologies of absence

Not applicable; all councillors were attending


17/85   Declarations of interest

Member Agenda item Nature of interest Explanation
1 Cllr D. Williams 17/89 Personal and prejudicial Member owns land near to the application site
2 Cllr Pritchard 17/89 Personal Member sits on county council planning committee


17/86   Rapid Response

Those present received a presentation from the representative from the Welsh Ambulance Service on the work of the First Responders in the community. This team of local, trained volunteers respond to medical emergencies and life- threatening conditions until paramedics arrive, helping to keep casualties alive.


17/87   Donations policy

1          It was agreed that Sesswick Community Council donate £250.00 to the Community First Responders.

2          Along with the money pledged by Marchwiel and Erbistock & Eyton Community Councils, this will finance the purchase of a £1.000.00 kit to be used by First Responders. This is a one- off cost as the kit’s contents will be replenished by the Ambulance Service, who also cover training and mileage fees.

3         In making this donation, councillors were satisfied that there would be benefits accruing to the community of Sesswick and its residents and the level of such benefits would be commensurate with the sum given.

4          The cheque will be written and signed once Mr A. Williams confirms the beneficiary name

5          Potential recipients for the council’s remaining charitable budget will be determined at a future meeting


Mr A. Williams, P.C.S.O’s Simister and Maurice and the five representatives from Offa, Marchwiel and Erbistock & Eyton Community Councils left the meeting


17/88   Settlement of accounts

A         The following payments were approved

Cheque Recipient Purpose Empowering legislation Amount
1 667 Wrexham County Borough Council Correction of underpayment from November 2016- January 2017 clerk salary payment Section 112, 1972 Local Government Act £6.00

No further items had been presented for settlement


Cllr D. Williams left the meeting


17/89   Planning applications

A         P/2016/0273. Outline application for residential development (24 dwellings) including means of access to the site. Land west of Bedwell road, Cross Lanes, Wrexham

1          To receive the local planning authority’s reasons for refusing permission

A         Members reviewed appendix 21/09/2017.A detailing Wrexham County Borough Council’s reasons for refusing permission.

2          To note that the application has subsequently gone to appeal at the Planning Inspectorate

This was duly noted

3          To receive the community council’s submission to the appeal consultation made under standing order 76.3

A         The community council’s continuing strong opposition to the proposed development had been communicated to the Planning Inspectorate:

1          The small tier- 4 village of Cross Lanes is totally unsuitable to accommodate housing on this scale. It has no facilities bar one shop and suffers from inadequate public transport links.

2          The site is on greenfield land outside the settlement limit.

3          Bedwell Road has insufficient pedestrian footway provision and poor street lighting

4          The site is unsustainable as residents would be reliant on private transport. Given the rural and narrow nature of Bedwell lane, it cannot accommodate the potential for 53 vehicles to be entering and existing the development every day.

5          There remains concerns over the issue of drainage and flooding given the nearby brook, which need to be resolved first

6          The plans show a lack of garages which would suggest a prevalence of on- road parking. This would cause access issues for the emergency services.

7          Such a development would exacerbate the existing deficit of open spaces in Cross Lanes

8          Any marketability for this residential development is now eliminated with permission to construct a 80,000+ chicken broiler rearing facility in very close proximity.

4          To receive the latest update received from the Planning Inspectorate and to agree any next steps to be taken by the community council as appropriate

No decision had yet to be taken by the Inspector.


The meeting ended at 8.15pm