Agenda, decisions and minutes

CALL-IN OF DECISION - Virtual Meeting (at present members of the public are unable to attend), Corporate Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting (at present members of the public are unable to attend)

Contact: Mairwen Hughes 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declaration of Interest

To receive any declaration of interest from any Member or Officer in respect of any item of business.

Minutes:

Declarations of interest were received as follows:-

 

Councillor K P Hughes declared a personal interest in respect of Item 2 as he represents the County Council on the Anglesey Agricultural Society.  Following legal opinion he was allowed to speak in respect of this item.

 

Councillors Aled M Jones, Bryan Owen and Bob Parry OBE FRAgS declared a personal but not prejudicial interest in respect of Item 2

2.

Call-In a Decision - Land at Mona Industrial Estate - Application by the Anglesey Agricultural Society to amend lease conditions pdf icon PDF 90 KB

A decision made by the Executive at its meeting held on 28 September, 2020 in relation to the Application by the Anglesey Agricultural Society to amend lease conditions which has been called-in by Councillors Peter Rogers, Eric Jones, Bryan Owen, K P Hughes and Aled M Jones.

 

The documentation is attached as follows:-

 

·                    The decision published on 1 October, 2020;

 

·                    The call-in application;

 

·                    The Application by the Anglesey Agricultural Society to amend lease conditions report which was presented to the meeting of the Executive on 28 September, 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A decision made by the Executive at its meeting held on 28 September, 2020 in relation to the Application by the Anglesey Agricultural Society to amend lease conditions which was called in by Councillors Peter Rogers, Eric Jones, Bryan Owen, K P Hughes and Aled M Jones.  The Executive’s decision, the call-in request and the report of the Head of Highways, Property and Waste was presented. 

 

Councillor Peter Rogers as Lead Call-In Member, explained the reasons for calling in the decision made by the Executive on 28 September, 2020 as set out in the call-in request form which was as follows:-

 

‘The decision that the Executive made as obviously made without fully appreciating the severe economic strain the Anglesey Show is itself under.  The Show and Showground provide immense social and economic benefit to the Island of Anglesey and in uncertain times I believe we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help ensure its future’.

 

The Chair read out the following to the Committee:-

 

           Correspondence dated 13 October, 2020 from the Chair of the Anglesey Agricultural Society;

           Correspondence, referred to as Appendix 1, dated 8 June, 2020 from the Anglesey Agricultural Society together with email sent by the Principal Valuation Officer to Mr Gareth Dawkins, HMRC;

           Correspondence from the Society to the Council dated 22 July, 2020.

 

Councillor Rogers as Lead Call-In Member, said there are concerns as to the future of the Anglesey Agricultural Society as the Show had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic as have other organised events on the showground.  He noted that the Society is in financial difficulties and also has had to dismiss the staff employed and is totally dependent on volunteers to try and secure the future of the Anglesey Agricultural Society.  Having the opportunity to sub-lease the land at the Mona Industrial Estate for the provision of a facility for 100 HGV’s plus some temporary ancillary buildings in readiness of final departure from the EU could have been a financial lifeline for the Anglesey Agricultural Society.  The Executive’s decision on 28th September, 2020 to refuse the sub-lease of the land at Mona Industrial Estate was that HGV’s would be travelling through the villages on the A5 highway.  Councillor Rogers expressed that there is no need for the HGV’s to travel through the villages; when the A55 was constructed a road was constructed right across the edge of the Showground to carry thousands of tonnes of stone from the Quarries off the A5 onto the site of the A55 and now a high bank of soil is blocking the entrance onto a layby.  The Anglesey Agricultural Society owns all the land at this site and this could be used for entrance from the A55.  The alternative is that the HGV’s turn off at Junction 6 of the A55 and travel along the A5 to the Mona Industrial Estate; the traffic would not be travelling through any village.  Councillor Rogers further said that Mona Industrial  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.