GOWERTON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

CYNGOR CYMUNEDOL TREGŴYR

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

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

 Beveley Jenkins, Susan Jones and Barbara Small

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Clerk - Serena Thomas, Resident – Lyneth Howells (attended first 30 minutes of the meeting)

Prior to the Council meeting Cooption interviews were held at 7:15pm.

 

37.       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Cllr(s)

 

38.       DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST FROM MEMBERS:  Planning – Cllr Susan Jones took no part in any of the discussions of decisions in relation to this agenda item.

 

39.       MEETINGS WITH:  None required

 

40.   TO RECEIVE ANY PUBLIC REPRESENTATION – None received

 

41.  COUNCIL MINUTES: 3rd July 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.

 

42. REPORT BY THE WARD MEMBER:

Cllr Jones gave the following report:

Report for Community Council for July and August 2019.

Meetings attended:-

Corporate Parenting Board, Democratic Services Committee, Adult Services Scrutiny Panel x2, Development and Regeneration Scrutiny Performance Panel, and Planning Committee x 2 site visit to the Townhill Campus (Training College) to approve the retention of the original building to provide accommodation for the area.

Other meetings attended: Trustee Meeting, Freedom of the City awarded to 157(Welsh) Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corp., Freedom of the City for Catherine Zeta Jones and Gowerton Comprehensive Governors Meetings.(Ethos and Well-being, Pupil Disciplinary, Full Governors)

Visits made:-

Fforestfach Adult training Centre, Dylan Thomas Community School, Brangwyn Hall with the Local History Group and I attended the Leavers Celebration in the Primary School which marked the individual achievements of the pupils. Many awards were presented to many of the children. The event was very emotional for both parents and children, and I hope the children will continue to progress, achieve and

contribute in the new school. Gowerton should be very proud of their young people.

The examination results in Gowerton Comprehensive continue to be really good and my congratulations to the Staff and the Pupils for all their hard work.

There was a very successful ‘Community Fun Day’ organised by the Veterans on the Commercial

Hotel carpark. I would like to thank Kathryn Jennings for this great event. Hopefully Will be an

ongoing event. It was great to see the village support, with talent from all generations. We have

some very talented individuals in our village. This event also celebrated the 50 th Anniversary of the

creation of Swansea as a city.

I attended the Cricket Lunch in the Marque to raise funds for the Cricket Pavilion. Max Boyce

entertained the gathering and was a joy to hear. It was supported well and hopefully they will have

raised a considerable amount of money for the project.

I attended the funeral of Josh Merrill which was a very sad occasion. The loss of such a young

person is tragic. There was support given by Gowerton Comprehensive School for his friends and

family. The funeral was well attended by both Schools that Josh attended and by the Community

that he was part of. I would like to record my sincere condolences to his parent and sisters.

I attended a Charity Garden Party at Cockett Community Hall, because of the weather, which was

organised by Pam Brain to raise funds for Cancer Research.

The Coffee morning to celebrate Swansea’s 50th year as a city and the anniversary of the moon

landing in Gowerton Library was quite poorly attended and I would remind people to use this facility

because use it or lose it. The Library Staff work hard to encourage its use by the village and North

Gower residents.

I have had meetings with Highways regarding flooding issues in Clwyd Wen which is being

investigated.

I have been requested to have a bus shelter installed in Brynymor Road. This has been ordered and I

will advise when a date for the installation is given to me. I would like to thank Diane Williams for

organising the petition for this request.

There have been many complaints with the refuge collection in the village. The plastic recycling is

very confusing for the residents to understand. There has been an increase in the dumping of black

bags and rubbish around Gowerton.

There have been some problems with the new traffic light system including the post being knocked

down by a car. The issue with the Pont y Cob lights is being addressed by the contractor in the next

few weeks.

The cutting back of the bushes and trees along Victoria Road (opposite the Harvester) has been an

issue which was very dangerous. I reported this in the beginning of July, but unfortunately the

landowner although being requested to cut this area failed to complete this task and it eventually

was cut by the Parks Department last week.

The beginning of the new term has just started and Park Road is being used as a coach park all day

by the contracted buses for the Schools. County are writing to the bus companies to advise them

that they should only drop off or pick up from that location. Hopefully this will address this issue for

the residents of the bottom of Park Road.

I have again been in touch with Environment and Planning Enforcement with regard to Bishwell

Road because of complaints with the cars and state of the house. There have been more visits and

contact with the owner and hopefully this situation will be addressed soon. This has been an

ongoing issue for the past 8 – 10 years.

There have been many individual requests for help from the residents over the last two months

which I have dealt with. I have a surgery on Saturday the 8th of September from 11.00 am to 12

noon in Gowerton Library to give advice/ help to any person who would need it. Attended the recent funeral of Gowerton resident which also included Gowerton Primary school representation.

 

43.  TO RECEIVE THE REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

Cllr Gareth Evans gave the following report:

1.  Invited to attend annual Gowerton cricket club event in July that was well attended with almost 400 guests that were entertained by the legendary Max Boyce.  Proceeds of the event will be part of the funding towards the restoration of the cricket pavilion.  Life president, Morley Howell confirmed to Gareth that the schedule of work for the restoration is expected to be submitted to the club by the end of 2019.

2.  Visited Cae Deri (old vicarage) to check on their progress since the open day visit last spring. They have 9 residents with accommodation for a further 5 residents actively engaging in its maintenance.

3.  Gareth will be attending One Voice Wales N.E.C next week where he will chair the Policy committee and will report back at the next meeting.

4.  Gareth will also be attending OVW Annual General Meeting on Saturday 5th October 2019 at Pontrhydyfendigaid.

5.  Congratulations to Gowerton Comprehensive in achieving excellent exam results for 2019.  The staff continue to work very hard again in their commitment to the pupils in achieving their goals.

44. REPORT OF THE CLERK

(a)           Miscellaneous

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

1. One Voice Wales' Conference and AGM will be held on Saturday 5th October this year at the Bont Pavilion in Pontrhydfendigaid - There will be a presentation from Hannah Blythyn the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government on the next steps of the Local Government Reform journey and the potential future roles and functions of Community and Town Councils.  Noted.

2.  Age friendly Wales enewsletter available.  Noted.

3.  Update on Arts and Crafts Exhibition.  Cllr Bolchover advised of the following; Linda has made contact with the local cricket club to have some input of history/memorabilia in the exhibition for local interest.  There will also be a workshop by a local resident painter.   There will be the CCOS 50 year anniversary stands and with bunting in place.   All of the equipment has been organized, including tables and stands etc.  The man and a van, harpist, schools and Lord Mayor opening the event have also been arranged.  There will also be some new groups attending (including knitting and sewing groups). Many others are wanting to exhibit, and the children’s craft group from the library are taking part. Cllr Small will collect school competition entries on 11.10.19 and judging will take place on 13.10.19.   Plastic floor covering will also need to be purchased to protect church aisle carpet.

4.  Newsletter Articles Required by end of September. Noted.

5.  The Cardiff University and Queen’s University Belfast have launched a major survey of what people think about the planning systems in Wales, N Ireland & Rep of Ireland. The project aims to collate and analyse the views of as many individual stakeholders in the planning system as possible, across a wide range of organisations. The final report will inform discussion about change in the governance, scope and delivery of planning to address current and future challenges. https://bit.ly/31JW4IK - To take part in the survey (by 30th September) please enter this link.

 

44(b)  Financial Matters

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

 

Creditor

Item

£ Amount

 

VAT

 inc

 

 

 

 

 

 

a)

Sky

Telephone Adv. Charges

38.00

 

yes

b)

Bay Landscapes

Monthly Cutting Charge

243.50

 

yes

c)

Sage One

Online payroll system

7.20

 

yes

d)

HP

Monthly printer ink

7.99

 

yes

e)

CCOS

Swansea In Bloom

6265.00

 

yes

 

S137 Grant awarded to Gowerton Allotment Society - £500

 

44(c) CORRESPONDENCE –

 The items of correspondence were noted.   

 

45   QUESTIONS FOR BUSINESS

 

1.  There is a Council Works depot unit in the car park behind the Commercial, this is blocking several spaces in the car park and needs to be removed.

2.  For information.  Some parking signs have been put up to advise that parking in the area is limited to 2 hours. 

3.  Confirmation that the Father Christmas Grotto will be taking place this year on 14th December.

4.  Cllr Bolchover advised she had attended the Veterans Fun Day, also attended the library 50th Anniversary event which also covered the Moon landing.

5.  For information.  The Rechabite Hall committee was awarded the volunteer award given for dedication and passion.

6.  Resident reported to Cllr Guard that road calming measures are needed on the inner relief road between Tesco and Pont Y Cob.

7.  For info. Cllr Small advised that on the first day the children returned to school that the Toucan crossing between Glanmorfa and the Elba site had been switched off, meaning the children were unable to cross with this safety measure in place.

8.  For info.  Very sadly Former CCOS Councillors Byron Owen and John Hague have passed away.

9.  A box junction is needed for by the Welcome to Gower pub, as when the traffic is heavy the road is completely blocked off for any access.

10.  For information.  There will be a florist replacing the dress shop that has closed down on Sterry Road.

 

46   PLANNING MATTERS

One received – 2019/1767 – Two storey side extension and single storey rear extension – No objection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting closed at 8:35pm                                                                                              

Chairperson

 

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