Minutes of the Projects Committee held on Thursday 27th June 2018 at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Abergavenny
Chairman – Cllr T Davies (Mayor)
Cllr N Tatam
Cllr P Simcock
Cllr M Harris
Cllr R Harris
Cllr T Thomas
Cllr L Van de Vyver
Cllr M Hickman
J Lee (Town Clerk)
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs G Jones, S Dodd, F Morgan, T Konieczny, D Simcock
|Declarations of Interest |
|Matters arising from the Action Table |
To contact Network Rail re car parking at the station – agreed to put on hold pending more detail of Abergavenny station improvementsTo chase up additional dog bin for Grofield ward – MCC has confirmed that this is on orderTo arrange a facilitated session for all Town councillors – arranged for 14th July. Cllrs Thomas, Van de Vyver and Hickman will be unable to attend.
|Public Toilets Report |
The summary of the recent meeting between MCC and the Town Clerk were discussed. Town councillors are still unhappy with the level of service and conditions of the some of the toilet blocks.
As a result the following actions are to be pursued:
To ask MCC long the wash hand basin in the Ladies in WHL has been out of action and why are the gents toilets at Brewery Yard partially closed and why hasn’t the Town Clerk been informed of these issues.
MCC officer is to be asked to accompany a small delegation from the Town Council on a visit to all the toilets to highlight poor maintenance.
All Councillors to take photos of issues that they see when visiting the toilets and to forward to the Town Clerk
Town Council to inform MCC that a rebate will be requested if the toilets are unavailable for any length of time
MCC has informed the Town Council that it will not fund sanitary bins or nappy bins and have provided a price for provision of these items. This will cost £2535 for a year emptied on a weekly basis. Confirmation is required as to whether this includes bins in the disabled toilets.
It is recommended that Council agrees to fund the provision of sanitary and nappy bins for the remainder of 2018/19 and for this to commence asap
The pros and cons of carrying out a public survey was discussed. The survey would gather views of residents and visitors to the town regarding the usage, levels of satisfaction and future provision.
Cllr Tatam suggested that the MCC Community Networking event on Wed 5th July would be an opportunity to carry out the survey. All agreed, JL to prepare a questionnaire. Cllr M Harris requested a fact sheet is prepared in advance of 5th July so Councillors have key information to hand when talking to people.
It was also agreed that Councillors should, on a rota basis, carry out the survey on a Tuesday and Saturday. Cllr Thomas suggested an online survey and that a survey be placed in the Abergavenny Chronicle.
|To consider whether to have bunting in the town centre in 2018 |
The meeting was informed that the cost of putting up and taking down bunting in the town centre would be £3200. It was agreed that bunting should be put up and actioned asap.
|To consider the request for support for the Reading Challenge 2018 |
This item is to be referred to Finance Committee, however it should be noted that the Projects Committee would recommend support
|To agree presentation for the July meeting |
Agreed to receive presentations from Rachel Rogers, MCC Museum Service and Sue Harrison, Plastic Free Abergavenny.
|Any Other Business |
Meeting closed at 8.04pm
|That Council agrees to fund the provision of sanitary and nappy bins for the remainder of 2018/19 and for this to commence asap. Cost £2535 per annum|
|Town Clerk to contact MCC with regards to the ongoing issues with the level of service re public toilets||JL|
|To prepare a Public toilets questionnaire||JL|
|To prepare a factsheet for use on 5th July Community Networking event||JL|
|To organise a rota for carrying out town centre Public Toilets Survey||JL|
|To contact MCC re erection of bunting in the town||JL|