Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on Wednesday 4th December 2019

PRESENT:  Cllrs Linda Bolchover, Paul Emmerton, Gareth Evans, Lyneth Howells Susan Jones and

Barbara Small


ALSO PRESENT:  Clerk - Serena Thomas


67.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Cllr(s) Ann Guard and Ros Holt




69.       MEETINGS WITH:  None required




71.  COUNCIL MINUTES: 6th November 2019

a)  The Minutes were accepted as a true record. Except to note minor spelling mistakes.

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



Cllr Jones gave the following report:

Monthly Report November 2019.


Meetings attended:- Democratic Services Committee, Development and Regeneration Panel and Full Council.


I attended:-St. John’s Musical Players at the Conservative Club, Remembrance Services at Gowerton Comprehensive School, Gowerton Primary School, 50th Celebration at the Mansion House with the Veterans Group, training on Locked after Children and Child Protection to assist with my role as a Governor at both the Primary and Comprehensive Schools.


Issues in the ward:-

1. The reorganisation of the bus stops in the village, the creation of the new “Hub” at Hill Street.  The road works have caused many delays with the traffic.  The works should be finished in the next week.  There is some concern with the buses missing out the Hill St. bus stop.  I have contacted both the bus company (First Cymru) and the Council to address this situation. Could the village let me know if there are any further problems? I have tried to keep the village informed.

2. Ongoing issues with flooding in the Ballard Estate and I have had a meeting with Welsh Water and the Council on this issue.  Welsh Water is to investigate.

3. I have paid for a new notice board for Gowerton Primary School in order to keep the Community informed.

4.I have received a proposal to establish an fruit orchard in the Elba and am trying to progress this project.  It would address some issues on the problem of global warming and reduce the carbon footprint of the area. We all need to think about the climate changes which are affecting us.

5. I attended the Drop in organised by Coastal Housing in the Mansel Club to look at the new estate off George Manning Way. The organisation confirmed that they intend prioritising letting to residents who have connection/family in Gowerton.  The Estate looks very attractive and they assured me that they will support the families/ people who are lucky enough to be allocated the homes.  The building work should commence in January 2020 and hopefully be completed by spring 2021. Coastal intend keeping the Community informed with future drop in sessions.

For information parking restrictions are being enforced by CK’s – 30 minute restrictions, and people have been fined, which is causing concern to residents.

I have a surgery on Saturday the 8th December in Gowerton Library



Cllr Gareth Evans gave the following report:


1. Attended OVW course on 7th November – Well Being of Future Generations Act 2015, unfortunately this was not very well attended, only 6 people turned up.  Quite an interesting course, some of the content Gareth was already aware of but place planning was an interesting exercise.  Gareth stated he would recommend this course to all councilors as it runs alongside environment issues including section 6 of the environment act reliance on ecosystems.

2.  Attended open day at Coastal housing to promote their new development by George Manning Way.  It will be a mix of flats and 2/3bedroom semi-detached and detached houses and some 2 bed bungalows.  Resident from Mount Pleasant spoke to Gareth with concern about how Coastal would preserve and protect the trees and wildlife around the sites and how properties would be allocated.

Gareth spoke to staff member, and was advised there are a number of criteria involved including family size, private and rented applications, recommendations, past history and local support from family members.  This sounded like the housing officers get a degree of flexibility.  They don’t work on a points system as do the local authority.

3.  Gareth advised he has looked at the possibility of reviving the youth council and with that in mind he has been invited to talk to some of the senior pupils at the school next week.  He has looked at the LocaL Government (Wales) measure 2011 and there would have to be a certain criteria needed.  Gareth advised he will give Council feedback in Januarys meeting.




(a)           Miscellaneous


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

1. Clerk Role Update.  Clerk read letter of resignation to all members and expressed regret at leaving but felt it was the right decision.  Vacancy to be advertised in due course and interviews to be arranged in accord,

2.  Santas Grotto Update.  Meet at Rechabite hall at 10am.  Builder will be coming at 8am to erect shed to the rear of the Rechabite hall.  Cllr Small and Clerk will attend from 8am.  Risk assessment and relevant high Vis jackets will be circulated prior to event at 5pm.

3.  Newsletter Update.  These will be circulated to all members for the up and coming weekend.

4.  Confirmation of January Council Meeting Date.  Due to the meeting falling on bank Holiday – New Year’s Day this will take place on 15th January.

5.  Raffle Prizes news.  Gareth advised on update on prizes received.  These will be brought to the Rechabite hall by him and Barbara for display during grotto duration.

6.  Email received from concerned resident with regards to lack of dog bins in the village and also concern with regards to crossing the road by the Coop and the rugby club.   Members discussed the issues, contact to be made with the City and County of Swansea to request issues be looked into.  Members have already noted that there are some traffic islands going by Coop and requests have previously made for extra dog bins that have been declined due to budgets.

6. Review of report required by Community Council with regards to the environment (wales) act 2016 – bio diversity - Members may remember in the last meeting the Chairman highlighting that a report with regards to the above said act needs to be considered by the end of 2019.

Clerk highlighted and went through recommendations for Gowerton Community Council’s report, Members adopted the report in full also resolved to adopt additional and important report of Cllr Linda Bolchover specifically points 5-8 with regards to The Wellbeing and future generations act.  This will be collated into a report and published on the Council Website and held on file.



74(b)  Financial Matters

1.For Payment The following items are for authorization/ratification:




£ Amount












Telephone Adv. Charges





Bay Landscapes

Monthly Cutting Charge





Sage One

Online payroll system






Monthly printer ink






AGM attendance delegate






Arts and Crafts Exhibition





Gareth Evans

Cowbridge training






 The items of correspondence were noted.   



1.  Cllr Bolchover advised along with Cllr Ros Holt and Cllr Viv Davies placed memorial crosses around the village.

2.  There was a Christmas Fayre at the Temple URC, which made nearly £1000.00.

3.  Cllr Bolchover also advised she had also recently attended the Coastal housing meeting and had some discussions with the director of housing regards to the sewerage for the new houses in Pen Y Dre.  Coastal housing would like there to be some community involvement in the development.

3.  Cllr Bolchover also advised she had attended the primary school Christmas concert which was excellent.

4.  For information there is a consultation out about green infrastructure for Swansea.  For info.

5.  Pothole reported to Cllr Howells.  Cllr Susan Jones to deal.

6.  Cllr Lyneth Howells had some ideas for the future and events within Gowerton such as; Fete for Gowerton and raising money for the Con club tower. Cllr Howells stated she was very keen on setting up events for the village.

7.  Parking on Sterry Rd (on the pavement) is an ongoing issue and needs to be address by other means possibly bollards?  Clerk to advise CCOS to address.

8.  Ongoing issues with speeding on Sterry Road. It would be good to see a speed sign in the area.

9.  Late night noise being encountered by residents near to the Con Club.  Perhaps some signage could be put up to request consideration for residents. 

10.  Resident who kindly gives ‘Father Christmas’ a lift to grotto has offered transport once again. Members were grateful for this resident’s generosity.

1.. For info – Weather vane given by the Twinning Association is understood to be with Gowerton Primary school.  Cllr Jones will check.



1. 2019/2576 - 54 Ffordd Beck, Gowerton, Swansea, SA4 3GE

Proposal: Two storey part first floor side extension – No Objection.

2.  2019/2633 - Trafle Lodge, Victoria Road, Gowerton, Swansea, SA4 3AB

Proposal: Change of use from residential dwelling to a private school/education facility, installation of external staircase and addition of first floor door. -   Object.  Due to existing traffic issues with regards to access and egress of site.   This needs to be assessed during busy periods – school runs etc.


Meeting closed at 8:55pm                                                                                         Chairperson



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