Present: Philippa Richards (Chairperson), Carolyn Edwards (Vice Chairperson) Chris Kelly
Clerk: Donna Roberts
001/18 Apologies: Amanda Doherty, Menna Mortimore, Julia Hippsley, Andrew Hippsley, Rhian Watts, Rhian Williams.
002/18 Declaration of Interest.
Cllr Edwards due to County Borough Status
The minutes of the Meeting on 9th November 2017 of the Blaengwrach Community Council were accepted as a true record, proposed by Cllr Edwards, seconded by Cllr Richards.
004/18 Matters Arising
Trees in Edwards Street will be pruned in February.
The gates at Unity mine remain locked.
Dog poo bags. Action: DR to purchase bags for distribution, Cllr Richards to speak to LC re depositing bags at Premier Store.
P2017/1148 emailed to Cllrs on 21/12/17
P2017/1063 emailed to Cllrs on 27/11/17
No replies received.
006/18 Crime and Disorder.
There were 9 crimes reported in the area. Clerk gave website address www.police.co.uk for further information. Cllr Richards requested that the details of the crime be listed in the minutes.
Payments agreed to 30th December 2017
NPTCBC Rates 402.00
Dwr Cymru 141.50
St Cadoc 36.00
Bookers (Christmas) 170.09
Amazon (signs) 54.78
WAFERS – Sleigh (Christmas) 150.00
OVW training 391.20
Dwr Cymru (cemetery) 17.34
Simon Sparkles (Christmas) 190.00
Tesco (Christmas) 203.00
Tesco (phone) 25.00
British Gas 502.97
Hall Rental 617.00
Budget discuss in line with cash flow forecast. Budget approved for December
9/1/18 OVW H&S Training Bridgend 7th Feb
10/1/17 High Sheriff award nominations request
1/1/18 OVW public toilets consultation
27/12/17 Pen Y Cymoedd fund
20/12/17 NPT CBC budget consultation – http://www.npt.gov.uk/budget
21/12/17 High Sheriff Awards
18/12/17 OVW training Feb to July 2018
16/12/17 OVW CEO speech
16/2/17 Neath Port Talbot Public Services Board Draft Priorities Consultation – 09 November 2017 – 01 February 2018. https://www.npt.gov.uk/5808?lang=en-gb
16/12/17 OVW Job vacancy
15/12/17 OVW Information form Envisage Tackling loneliness
15/12/17 Written Statement: 21st Century Schools and Education Programme
14/12/17 Urdd – request for donhttps://www.npt.gov.uk/5808?lang=en-gbation
14/12/17 Planning law in Wales consultation – emailed
14/12/17 Effective partnership working Health Board Bridgend emailed
14/12/17 OVW – Police budget precept – emailed response required by 28/12/17
12/12/17 OVW Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform Report
12/12/17 Community Health Board application form deadline 22/1/18 emailed
12/12/17 OVW One Voice Wales Community and Town Council Consultation Events – Next Steps emailed deadline 15/1/18
8/12/17 OVW “Tackling loneliness in older people”
7/12/17 Appointment of Members Community Health Councils emailed
5/12/17 OVW International Music Eisteddfod
1/12/17 OVW National Resources Wales newsletter
1/12/17 OVW NRW funding information emailed deadline 14th January 2018
1/12/17 OVW Review of planning laws deadline March 2018
3011/17 OVW Newsletter
Planning P2017/1148 emailed 21/12/17
Planning P2017/1063 emailed 27/11/17
Welsh Government Appropriate sum under section 137(4)A
CVS Voluntary Voice
OVW Wall planner
Christmas cards Christina Rees,Neath Town Council, Jeremy Miles
National Assembly Jeremy Miles advice surgery dates poster
009/18 Committee Reports
No reports presented
010/18 Matters Raised by Cllrs
Clerk reported that although she has contacted the contractors re the roof at The Welfare Hall they have not inspected the premises. Action: DR to contact contractors.
Smoke alarms – Action: DR to get quotes for necessary work to be carried out at The Welfare Hall.
The Christmas festivities were a success, records of expenditure and quantities were recorded by Cllr Edwards to enable quantities to be calculated next Christmas.
Christmas tree – DR has contacted contractors and the lights have been removed. Action: Cllr Richards to speak to LC about recycling the Christmas tree. Cllr will discuss the planting of a Christmas tree at the next meeting. Action: DR to research cost of solar lights.
011/18 Telephone box at entrance to village
Councillors discussed the dilapidated state of the telephone box and asked the clerk to make enquiries to BT regarding removal of the box if it is no longer in use
012/18 The Welfare Age Connects
The Age Connect two year project has now finished and funding is no longer available for that project. Age Connects have not approached the council in regard to future use of the hall.
Cllr discussed the possibility of other groups using the Hall to generate income. ACTION: Cllr Richards volunteered to take photos of the Hall and advertise availability through social media.
013/18 Human Resources – add to closed session agenda for next meeting
014/18 Welfare Park Project – add to agenda for next meeting
Set Date & Time of next meeting
Next meeting: 6.30 p.m. on Thursday 8th February 2018 at St Mary’s Church.
Meeting closed 8.00 pm