Friday, 9 May 2008

Not a good advert for democracy

Tonight's meeting of Caia Park Community Council was not a good advert for democracy. The council, which has an annual budget of a quarter of a million pounds and its own purpose-built offices, is currently split 7-7 between Labour and independents with one vacancy.
 Attempts to co-opt a Plaid Cymru member onto the council to fill that vacancy were rejected on the chair's casting vote, after Labour voted en bloc for a Labour community councillor who had just lost in the May 1 elections. Funny old world where you lose an election but still get back on the council!
 There was more squabbling over grant allocations that seem to be going disproportionately to one or two favoured projects. This is something I'll be looking at more closely so that all groups that need funding, especially voluntary groups in my ward, get their share. 
 It was only halfway through the ill-tempered meeting that councillors realised the Evening Leader had sent along a reporter - it'll be interesting to read her take on events.
 On a positive note, both myself and Councillor Carrie Harper had a warm welcome from the majority of the councillors present.

4 comments:

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, 7 Labour + 7 Independents with 1 vacancy for co option. Chair was Labour so casting vote went to the Labour guy. I think this is a timely reminder of consequences of our actions i.e. if you write letters to the press criticising the Chair of Caia Park Community Council, then don't expect her casting vote for co option onto the same Community Council!!

Dba said...

DOES this represent value or waste of funding some areas im most concerened with, CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL


INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT AND BALANCE SHEET


FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2007


Year Ended
31 March 2006
Year Ended
31 March 2007


INCOME


206910
Precept
212577


5227
Interest on investments
5861


17490
Letting fees
17327


10747
Community Advice Service
11380


491
Sundry income
300


3045
Grant St Peters Hall kitchen
-


----------


----------


243910
TOTAL INCOME
243910


______


______


EXPENDITURE


38850
S.137 Donations
34550


50882
General Administration
36206


67146
Community Advice Service
72749


31902
St Peter’s Hall
32353


17570
Cartrefle
17400


1263
Amenities & Environment
4649


11507
Footway Lighting
13494


Traffic calming 10000
----------


----------


219120
TOTAL EXPENDITURE
221401


______


______


GENERAL FUND


183090
Balance at 1 April
207880


243910
Add total income
247395


----------


----------


427000


455275


219120
Total E xpenditure
221401


----------


----------


207880
Balance at 31 March
233874


______


______


CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Balance Sheet at 31 March 2007


31 March
2006


31 March
2007


CURRENT ASSETS


1214
Debtors
2775


207490
Cash in hand
231729


----------


----------


208704
TOTAL ASSETS
234504


CURRENT LIABILITIES


824
Creditors
630


----------


----------


TOTAL ASSETS LESS


207880
CURRENT LIABILITIES
233874


Represented by:


40880
General Fund
46874


167000
Reserves
197000


----------


----------


207880


233874


______


______


The above statement represents fairly the financial position of the
authority as at 31 March 2007 and reflects its income and expenditure
during the year.


Signed
Chairman Responsible
Financial Officer


Date
Date


CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL


Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007


Supporting Statement


Assets


(a)
Movements during the year


During the year the following assets (over £100) were purchased at
the cost shown:


£


1 computer
378


8 Litter bins
1113


5 sets goal posts
1921


(b)
At 31 March 2007 the following assets were held:


FIXED ASSETS


Land and buildings: Offices
135247


Civic Regalia
1044


Office Furniture & Equipment
8095


Council Chamber Furniture
2415


Hall Furniture
1620


Kitchen/Cleaning Equipment
1625


Gardening Equipment
570


Litter Bins
5173


Seats
1200


Goal posts 1921


----------


158910


----------


The basis of valuation of these assets is replacement or insurance
value.


Borrowing
At the close of business on 31 March 2007 the Council had no
outstanding loans.


Leases
At 31 March 2005 the following lease was in operation:


Lessor
Purpose
Annual rent
Year of Expiry


Ing Leasing
Photocopier
£564
On-going


Debtors


At 31 March 2007 debts of £2775 were outstanding and due to the
Council


The ages of the debts were:
No
Value


Less than 3 months old
3
£2775


Creditors


At 31 March 2007 debts of £630 were outstanding and due for payment by
the Council


The ages of the debts were:
No
Value


Less than 3 months old
6
£630


Tenancies


Council as landlord


Tenant
Property
Rent p.a.
Rep/NonRepairing


National Assembly for Wales
Cartrefle offices
£9240
Non Repairing


Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin
Cartrefle offices
£1720
Non Repairing


National Assembly for Wales
Cartrefle offices
£1680
Non Repairing


Council as tenant


Landlord
Property
Rent p.a.
Rep/NonRepairing


The Representative Body Of the Church in Wales
St Peter's Hall
£3856
Repairing


s.137 Donations
The limit for this Council for the year ended 31 March 2007 was
£43,509 and the donations made were as follows:


£


All Friends Together (GATE)
50.00


Annbraize Morris Dancers
250.00


Caia Park Children & Young People’s Dev Team
8,000.00


Caia Park Environmental Group
300.00


Caia Park Environmental Group
270.00


Caia Park Early Years Forum
2,300.00


Caia Park Early Years Forum
200.00


Caia Park Older Persons Forum
600.00


Caledonians Morris Dancers
250.00


Fairhaven Sheltered Accommodation
350.00


Gwenfro Infants School
150.00


Gwenfro Junior Schoo
150.00


Gwenfro Valley ICC
8,000.00


Hafod y Wern Infant School
150.00


Hafod y Wern Junior School
150.00


Hope House Hospice
600.00


Kingsley Circle Community Centre (replacement chq)
200.00


Kingsley Circle Community Centre
300.00


Marie Curie Cancer Care
500.00


Menter Iaith Maelor
50.00


National Eisteddfod (Flint & District)
50.00


Needles & Pins Craft Group
200.00


Nightingale House Hospice
800.00


North East Wales Dance
350.00


Pentre Gwyn, Tan y Coed, Coed y Bryn Assoc
250.00


PHAB Club
400.00


Phab/Gherka Trust/Hope House wheelchair push
100.00


Queens Park Mens Football Club
250.00


Rhosnesni Tenants & Residents
200.00


Smithfield Youth Club
250.00


Standing Ground 130.00
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School 100.00
St Christophers School 250.00
Urdd Gobaith Cymru 100.00
Venture 8,000.00
Wales Air Ambulance 50.00
Wales Refugee Council 100.00
Wrexham County Crossroads 150.00


TOTAL
34,550


Agency Work
During the year the Council did not undertake any agency work on
behalf of other authorities


Advertising and Publicity
No costs incurred during the year


Contingent Liabilities
There were no known contingent liabilities at 31 March 2007


Pensions


For the year ended 31 March 2007 the Council’s contributions equal
285.7% of the contributions made by employees in the Clwyd Pension
Fund, administered by Flintshire County Council. This equates to 16.5%
of pensionable pay for 2006-7.


£


Payments were:
Employees
4988


Employer
14097


-------


19085


CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL


Reserves


Balance
Transfer
Balance


01/04/06
2006/07
31/03/07


Amenity & Environment
10,000
+5,000
15,000


Cartrefle Maintenance
25,000


25,000


Community Centres
-


Contingency Fund
-


Gratuity Fund
-


St Peter's Hall Maintenance
10,000
+5,000
15,000


Footway Lighting
32,000


32,000


Traffic Calming
20,000


20.000


Building Fund
70,000
+10,000
80,000


-----------
-----------
-----------


167,000
20,000
197,000


General Fund
40,880
5,994
46,874


-----------
-----------
-----------


207,880
25,994
233,874


= = = = =
= = = = =
= = = = =


CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL


INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT AND BALANCE SHEET


FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2007


Year Ended
31 March 2006
Year Ended
31 March 2007


INCOME


206910
Precept
212577


5227
Interest on investments
5861


17490
Letting fees
17327


10747
Community Advice Service
11380


491
Sundry income
300


3045
Grant St Peters Hall kitchen
-


----------


----------


243910
TOTAL INCOME
243910


______


______


EXPENDITURE


38850
S.137 Donations
34550


50882
General Administration
36206


67146
Community Advice Service
72749


31902
St Peter’s Hall
32353


17570
Cartrefle
17400


1263
Amenities & Environment
4649


11507
Footway Lighting
13494


Traffic calming 10000
----------


----------


219120
TOTAL EXPENDITURE
221401


______


______


GENERAL FUND


183090
Balance at 1 April
207880


243910
Add total income
247395


----------


----------


427000


455275


219120
Total E xpenditure
221401


----------


----------


207880
Balance at 31 March
233874


______


______


CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Balance Sheet at 31 March 2007


31 March
2006


31 March
2007


CURRENT ASSETS


1214
Debtors
2775


207490
Cash in hand
231729


----------


----------


208704
TOTAL ASSETS
234504


CURRENT LIABILITIES


824
Creditors
630


----------


----------


TOTAL ASSETS LESS


207880
CURRENT LIABILITIES
233874


Represented by:


40880
General Fund
46874


167000
Reserves
197000


----------


----------


207880


233874


______


______


The above statement represents fairly the financial position of the
authority as at 31 March 2007 and reflects its income and expenditure
during the year.


Signed
Chairman Responsible
Financial Officer


Date
Date


CAIA PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL


Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007


Supporting Statement


Assets


(a)
Movements during the year


During the year the following assets (over £100) were purchased at
the cost shown:


£


1 computer
378


8 Litter bins
1113


5 sets goal posts
1921


(b)
At 31 March 2007 the following assets were held:


FIXED ASSETS


Land and buildings: Offices
135247


Civic Regalia
1044


Office Furniture & Equipment
8095


Council Chamber Furniture
2415


Hall Furniture
1620


Kitchen/Cleaning Equipment

Anonymous said...

So a councillor who bothered to stand for community council election wins a vote, while a councillor who didn't go for the (unpaid) community post but tried to secure a (paid) county council post doesn't win a vote onto the council he couldn't even be bothered to stand for, and this is a bad day for democracy? Hmmm.

Plaid Whitegate said...

Had you been there you'd know what I was talking about... what message does it send the electors when a man defeated in a community council election is allowed back on the very same council?