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Swansea SA4 6TU

 

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GOWERTON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

CYNGOR CYMUNEDOL TREGŴYR

Minutes of the  Meeting of Council held on Wednesday 1st March 2017

 

PRESENT:  Cllrs Linda Bolchover , Viv Davies, Paul Emmerton, Gareth Evans, Ann Guard, Ros Holt,

Beveley Jenkins, Mike Sander and Barbara Small.

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Clerk - Serena Thomas

 

97.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Cllr(s). Susan Jones

 

98.       DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST FROM MEMBERS:  Cllrs Linda Bolchover and Ann Guard (S137 request for Gowerton Womens Group)

 

99.       MEETINGS WITH:  None required

 

100.   TO RECEIVE ANY PUBLIC REPRESENTATION

Residents Colin and Dagma Wooldridge

Mr Wooldridge advised he is a long term resident of Gowerton and regularly uses the cycle path facilities around the village.  He is finding a problem with dogs being allowed to roam free on the cycle paths and a general lack of awareness about dogs being kept on leads.

Some signage needs to be in place to educate residents on the dangers of the Highway code requiring that dogs should be kept on a short lead on cycle paths.

It was stressed that sustainable transport should be encouraged and the City and County of Swansea should encourage this system to be as effective and problem free as possible.

 

101.  COUNCIL MINUTES: 1st February 2017

a)  The Minutes were accepted as a true record

b)  Matters Arising: The written report of the Clerk regarding matters arising and subsequent actions taken was noted. 

 

102. REPORT BY THE WARD MEMBER:

Cllr Jones emailed the following report:

‘Report for February 2017.

Meetings attended:  Adult Services Budgeting Meeting and Scrutiny Panel, Schools Performance Scrutiny Panel x 2, Corporate Parenting Board, Child and Family Scrutiny Panel x 2, Extra Ordinary Meeting to confirm the appointment of Education Officer- Mr. Nick Williams, Full Council and also attended a Foster Carers Councillor Surgery at the Phoenix Centre, where 3 Councillors  - Councillor Paul Meara, Councillor Jen Raynor and myself, met with Foster Carers to discuss their concerns give support and thank them for all their work with our Looked after Children.                                                                                                                                                                      I met with the Assistant Head teacher (Iain Ashton) of Gowerton Primary School and a representative from “My Community Bank” to look at the possibility of establishing “My Community Bank” in the School.  It would be a benefit to aid numeracy and literacy for the children who would, alongside volunteers, run the saving system.                                                                                                                                                          I attended a Governors Meeting at the Primary School and it was reported that the work to address the flooding of footpaths has now been completed.  There was a discussion regarding the yellow status of the School and the disappointment of the staff on this categorisation and the remedies that were needed. I attended a coffee afternoon at Drovers Point and met with some of the residents. There is a coffee morning at Drovers Court on Thursday the 2nd of March at 11.00 am to raise funds for” Dementia”.               I attended the group at Billy Sutton’s Coffee shop and met again with residents who support this group.

Issues around the village. Parking problems throughout the whole village are a concern, especially around Station Road as a result of the success of the new Railway Station which is being addressed. Also Talbot Street where there has been a request for additional residents parking.                                                                                                               Dog Fouling is a continuing issue and I would appeal to all dog owners to pick up after their dogs.            There have been a number of complaints regarding the refuse collection at some locations around the village, which hopefully have now been dealt with and remedied. (See my email regarding new instructions for collection of plastics)   There have been a number of individual issues which I have dealt with.                                                        Welcome to the two Charity Shops which are opening in the village this week and the opening of the Funeral Directors (Clive Harris) that is opening on the 6th March.  There is a new cake shop opening on Sterry Road in April.                                                                                                                                                            I am still awaiting the outside cabinet for the defibrillator at the Library but am assured that it will be installed very soon and give 24 x 7 cover for the village.

 I have ordered a new piece of equipment and a replacement for another that is beginning to show signs of wear at the park in Park Road and have been assured that they will be installed as soon as possible when the order has been delivered.                                                                                                                             I am still awaiting the new shrub planting on Porth y Waun.

As regards the local Council Election on May the 4th I am in the process of letting the village know that I am standing for re-election to Swansea City Council and would be honoured if they would support me again. My next surgery is to be held on the 18th March.

 

103. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

Cllr Gareth Evans gave the following report:

  • Still waiting for confirmation of meeting between Justin Jones, Cariad and himself regarding a heated box for Justin’s Defibrillator.
  • New Businesses: Charity shop opened today, funeral directors opening next week.
  • Cllr Evans also stated he has it on good authority that the bakery in Sterry road is going to be the home of a new bakery in the near future.
  • A new owner has taken over the Gower Gym.
  • Primary School – Sunflower competition – The school needs to be contacted ASAP to start the competition, and suggestions of amounts and hardware required.

 

 

104. REPORT OF THE CLERK

(a)           Miscellaneous

  The written report submitted by the Clerk was noted.    RESOLVED that:

1.  .   CCOS Letter received re: Tree Inspection. For info.

2.  Info re: Lions funday – possible Community Council collaboration. Suggestions to be made to clerk after thought by members.  Noted.

3.  Email received via Website re: traffic lights by surgery. Noted.

4.  North Gower partnership Music Festival at Brangwyn Hall delayed to Wednesday 10th May 6.30pm – 8:30pm. Noted.

5.  South Wales Police family funday – Saturday 24th June – Victoria Gardens, Neath  10:30am – 4pm. Noted.

6.  Proposed changes to parliamentary constituencies in wales.  Members may remember that in recent years new boundaries have been proposed within Wales.  A further proposal has now been developed and this will be for consideration at Wednesday’s meeting. Information given and explained to members. No objections.

The Clerk will explain full details and give presentation to advise what impact this will have on Gowerton and the wider Swansea constituency.

7.  Change of name consideration of the national assembly of wales. Members to give consideration to the potential change of name to above organisation.  Clerk will present options for full discussion. All information was given and relevant questionnaire filled out.

 

104(b)                                      Financial Matters

1.     For Payment

The following items are for authorization/ratification:

 

Creditor

Item

£ Amount

 

VAT

 inc

 

 

 

 

 

 

a)

Sky

Telephone Adv. Charges

45.00

 

yes

b)

Bay Landscapes

Monthly Cutting Charge

243.50

 

yes

c)

Sage One

Online payroll system

6.00

 

yes

d)

Clerk

Mileage

34.20

 

yes

e)

Wales Audit Office

Audit Invoice

316.95

 

yes

f)

One Voice Wales

Membership

650.00

 

yes

S137 _ Gowerton Womens Club £500

 

104(c) CORRESPONDENCE

The items of correspondence were noted.             

 

105 QUESTIONS FOR BUSINESS

1.   Woodlands has been surveyed, along with other local roads.  There have also been some workmen pulling up manhole covers and checking trees.  When asked there seems to be no explanation given,. Ongoing.

2.  Bus shelter needed by the bus stop by CK’s.  Reported for info.

3. The Tanning shop by Woodlands – the road surface outside this shop is in a terrible state and needs to be resurfaced.

3.  The traffic lights by the crossroads by the surgery in Gowerton, often do not change at all after midnight.  This needs to be checked.

4.  Potholes by the coop, this has been reported several times and has only been a patch up repair job.  These need to be done properly.

5.  The fence on the inner relief road is still leaning. This needs to be reported.

6. The bin underneath the bridge on Victoria road has been taken and needs to be replaced.  Cllr Sue Jones has stated that she will deal with this issue.

7.  The light outside Lullabella is still not working – Lampost number 16.

8.  For info. The traffic light by the vets has finally been replaced.

9.  The sign for the ingot needs to be brought to the next Council meeting.

10.  No improvements yet made with regards to Glanmorfa drain. No further info received about any future works.

11.  The wasteground after Victoria bridge by rugby club seems to be being used to now sell cars regularly.  Highways needs to be informed.

12.  The triangle of land just by bridge seems to have a ‘for sale’ sign on it.  For info

13.  Pothole outside rugby club from Gowerton just before river bridge needs to be reported.

14.  Sally Jones of CCOS will be checking out the structure safety for Bethel Chapel.  Enforcement will be required if unsafe.

 

106 PLANNING MATTERS

 

Following was resolved by Council:

 

1. 2017/0028 – 71 Cecil Road, Gowerton. Vehicle access for off road parking. No Objection

2.  2017/0326 – 145, Gorwydd rd.  Application for tree works covered by a TPO. No objection provided this is deemmed necessary works by tree officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting closed at 9:15pm                                                                                              ………………………………………

Chairperson

 

 

 

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