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GOWERTON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

CYNGOR CYMUNEDOL TREGŴYR

Minutes of the  Meeting of Council held on Wednesday 4th January 2017

 

PRESENT:  Cllrs Paul Emmerton, Gareth Evans, Ann Guard, Ros Holt, Beveley Jenkins, Susan Jones,

Mike Sander and Barbara Small.

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Clerk - Serena Thomas

 

77.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Cllr(s) Linda Bolchover and Viv Davies.

 

78.       DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST FROM MEMBERS:  None received

 

79.       MEETINGS WITH:  None required

 

80.   TO RECEIVE ANY PUBLIC REPRESENTATION none made

 

81.  COUNCIL MINUTES: 7th December 2016

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. 

 

82. REPORT BY THE WARD MEMBER:

Cllr Jones gave the following report:

 

Monthly Report for December 2016

 

Meetings attended: Full Council, Tackling Poverty Scrutiny Panel, Corporate Parenting Forum, Child and Family scrutiny board, Gowerton Comprehensive School Governor meeting and Gowerton Primary School Governors meeting (sites).

·         Attended the primary school concerts (junior and infant sections) and assisted with making lanterns with the children in the lantern parade. 

·         Service of light at St Catherine’s Church, Gorseinon where many residents from Gowerton remembered their relatives who had passed away.

·         Voices in Harmony Christmas Concert

·         St John’s Church – Cancer challenge fundraiser with Mrs. Joan Lewis MBE who gave a cheque for £3000 and Chair of Community Council gave a cheque for £500.

·         Foster Swansea Christmas Party at Tycoch College with foster children and their carers.

Sue also met with Parks department officer to discuss the replacement equipment in the Park Rd Park, which has been ordered and will be installed in due course.

A surgery was also held by Sue in the Library on December 17th. The next surgery will take place on 14th January 2017 from 11am – 12 noon..

Sue updated briefly on the progression the removal of the demountable block at Gowerton Comp:

1.  The school will need to vacate this block by 13th January 2017.

2.  Surveys including invasive asbestos survey – due to commence on 16th January 2017.

3.  Demolition and removal – planned to take place over February half term 20-24th February.

 

Bollards have been established on the Cecil Rd school entrance to ensure safety of the schoolchildren at that location.

The visit of Father Christmas was a success again this year and it was enjoyable to see the excitement of the children.

Jenkins Bakery has opened and seems to be popular; the closure of the bakery and Parkhouse’s carpet shop on Sterry Rd is disappointing for the village. The amenities in the village with the closure of the L and N and the Welcome to Gower are of concern.

Gowerton library local history group are holding their next meeting on Monday 9th January at 10am.  Also the Library is starting a new craft group alongside their walking group, knitting group and book review group.  Just to remind people that there is a defibrillator now available at the Library.

Finally Sue advised that she has received complaints regarding fly tipping of black bags around the area.  Sue thinks the situation could increase with the inability to take black bags to the recycling depots, also complaints regarding street cleaning at Cefn Stylle Rd.  Sue said she has put in a request for additional litter bin on the inner link road between Tesco’s and the doctors surgery.  Also Sue has dealt with individual issues for residents. 

83. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

Cllr Gareth Evans gave the following report:

·         Attended One Voice Wales NEC committee meeting in Llandrindod Wells last month and some issues discussed were; the Area committee constitution, reform of school governance and the national infrastructure commission for Wales.

·         Father Christmas Grotto went very well with good attendance.  Many thanks to all members and their spouses, who helped on the night, and also many thanks to the local businesses who did support with raffle prizes.

·         Attended Voices in Harmony Christmas concert at St Johns Church.  Also attended the ‘festival of music’ organized by Joan Lewis MBE which was once again a fantastic evening.  A cheque for £3000 was presented to the charity ‘Cancer Challenge’.  Cllr Evans also reported that he presented a cheque of £500 from his Chairman’s Allowance.

·         Cllr Evans gave thanks to Cllr Viv Davies for stepping in to cover a reading at the Temple Church URC Carol Service which Gareth was unable to attend himself.

·         With regards to the outdoor heated box required for a defibrillator Cllr Evans has asked Justin Jones to recommend a product suitable for the purpose.

·         A metal shed which would fit to the rear of the Rechabite would be at a cost of £127.99 plus £40 extra for a metal base to fit floorboards.

 

84. REPORT OF THE CLERK

 

(a)           Miscellaneous

  RESOLVED that:

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

1.  Update on flooded pathway issues around school. Email received from Cllr Jenkins as she had been informed that work would take place shortly, however as yet no work has been carried out.

2.  Update on issues in Glanmorfa (flooding/ponding pavements and metal sticking out of ground) Site visit was reported by Clerk and Cllr Small.  Metal sticking out of ground has now been removed; however the ponding on the pavements is an issue that cannot be easily resolved due to underground drainage and the angle and camber of the roads.

3.  OVW invitation for Chair re: Buckingham Palace. Noted.

4.  Community Council Forum info. Noted

5.  Independent Remuneration for Wales meeting info. Noted

6.  Expenditure Limit – S137. For info.  Noted.

7.  Feedback with regards to Santa’s Grotto.  Once again this was very successful; some new decorations will need to be purchased for the next year’s grotto.  Also light needs to be fixed outside the Rechabite hall as it was very dark outside.

6.  Precept Budget setting for 2017/2018.  Members discussed this budget and it was decided that there would be no increase so this would be £33748 for the coming year.

 

84(b)  Financial Matters

1.     For Payment

The following items are for authorization/ratification:

 

Creditor

Item

£ Amount

 

VAT

 inc

 

 

 

 

 

 

a)

Virgin Media

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

29.70

 

yes

e)

Homebase

Extension Leads

41.92

 

Yes

f)

Coop

Hamper

30.57

 

yes

g)

1and1

Quarterly Invoice

35.96

 

yes

h)

Staples

General stationary including printer ink

64.46

 

yes

 

84(c) CORRESPONDENCE

The items of correspondence were noted.             

 

85   QUESTIONS FOR BUSINESS

1.  Traffic lights outside Lullabella are still out – Amber and red not working.

Potholes by junction of Mansel Street/Cecil Rd down by the roundabout (both ways) – also by Steery Rd new Coop.

2.  Keep left bollard has been knocked down by the Library.

3.  Letters of thanks need to be sent to business to thank for their raffle prizes.

4.  Drains need to be cleared down by Gowerton Primary.

5.  Potholes from Brynymor Rd  towards Penclawdd.  This area needs to be inspected and potholes filled.

6. Positive comments received with regards to the Christmas lighting in the area.

7.  Plaques/flags needed for acknowledgements of what the Community Council supplt to village – such as flowers/lights etc.

8.  Cllr Viv Davies emailed the following report due to non-attendance:

Attended Council Christmas Grotto, represented Council in Combined Carol Service in Temple Church, Sterry Road, and attended Voices in Harmony Christmas Concert in St Johns – Surperb!

Checked on sluice at Pont Y Cob lights. More metal work gates have been put in place to prevent large items clogging the system. A small amount of railings are still to be put around some of the sluice. Also Met with Martin Bignell, Woodlands Manager, CCS to evaluate whether woodchip could be delivered to Elba Woodlands site to ensure firm paths for public through woods. This can be done, but lorry can’t get nearer than AstroTurf courts and will deliver in new year. Friends of Gowerton Woodlands will then carry out the operation.

Finally; checked on Railway Station last week. Two boys riding bikes down the steps of the bridge. Suggested they go somewhere else – like the cycle track – or their tyres would be wrecked. For info

 The railway gardens, for January are looking promising, but if Ros could sort out a date to organise a good working party, it would be the right time to cut back even more bramble above the red brick wall (whilst things are pretty dead)– and plan what can be put into this very promising area this year. The red geraniums were a great success last year – even if modest, but more imaginative planting could be put in place for this well drained area.

Also the bramble needs trimming above the old black wall if the primroses are to have a chance again this year.

9.  Filter light to turn right is needed by the Commercial lights, due to the new no right turn regulation at lights by surgery.

10.  Cllr Holts advised that she had spoken to Gowerton in Bloom winner Emyr Williams, and an article with regards to the competition will be placed in the next newsletter.

11.  Next year Gowerton in Bloom will take place again, plus sunflower seeds for the primary school.

 

86   PLANNING MATTERS

Following was resolved by Council:

1.  2016/3512 – 46 Cae Mansel Road, Gowerton.  Detached single dwelling. No Object – noted with regards to precedent this may raise with regards to building in this area.

2.  2016/3493 – Shaws Wood, South of Brynymor Rd, Gowerton.  Application to consent to display an advertisement.  No Objection.

 

 

 

 

Meeting closed at 9:00pm                                                                                              ………………………………………

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