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June 2018

Minutes of Monthly Meeting of Llangunnor Community Council held in 'Yr Aelwyd', Tregynnwr at 6.30pm on Thursday 21st June 2018

PRESENT: Councillor Sandra Thomas (Chair), Geraint Bevan, Robin Griffiths, Paul Totterdale, Alun West, Elwyn Williams, Lee Whatley, Jennifer Slate and Dafydd Williams

APOLOGIES: Councillor Vivian Davies, Adrienne Mackintosh and Alexandra Trowbridge-Matthews

Declaration of Interest

Cllr Elwyn Williams declared an interest in item 12

2. Police Report

Date Type Call Resolution
30/05/2018 Suspicious Incident Persons have been seen hanging around a property in the Heol Bleangwastod area causing concern to local residents House to house enquires conducted in the area. Reassurance and crime prevention advice given and an investigation are still ongoing. NPT are regularly patrolling the area
17/06/2018 Criminal damage A resident living in the Brynmeurig area has raised concerns about damage to his property. House to house enquires conducted in the area Reassurance and crime prevention given to the residents. Investigation still on going. NPt are regularly patrolling the area

3. Chair's Announcements

Cllr Sandra Thomas gave the following updates:
• She had visited Mrs Eileen Jones to present her with the Community Award, Mrs Jones was very honoured to receive it;
• Attended the school sports, which was very well attended and all had a enjoyable afternoon;
• She had attended Chairing Skills but no one turned up;
• Civic Service to be held on the 9th September in Llangunnor Church, more information to follow;
• Chain of office had been repaired, awaiting quote for adding further tabs on to it;
• Reminded members that the Health Check was on the July agenda

4. Public Questions


5. Minutes.

It was moved by Cllr Slate and seconded by Cllr Griffiths (minute 0618-5) and RESOLVED to approve as a correct record the minutes of the monthly Council meeting and Planning Sub-Committee held on May 17th 2018.

6. The Park / Environment Sub-Committee

The clerk briefly went through the draft minutes of the meeting held on the 6th June, the following were noted
a) Damage on bridge into Clos King Morgan, contact Carmarthenshire County Council;
b) Path from Talar to Penymorfa very overgrown, clerk to check whose responsibility it is to have it cut;
c) Could clerk ask for plans developed for playing field to be provided for council

7. Web / Media Sub-Committee

The Clerk briefly went through the draft minutes of the meeting held on the 6th June, its contents were noted

8. Finance Sub-Committee

The clerk briefly went through the draft minutes of the meeting held on the 12th June, the following were noted a) that the clerk be awarded the annual national salary increase and that all allowances remain the same - unanimously agreed (minute 0618-8)

9. Christmas Decoration Sub-Committee

The clerk briefly went through the draft minutes of the meeting held on the 12th June, its contents were noted

10. To consider suggestions from Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales

It was unanimously agreed (minute 0618-10) that the Council adopt the recommendations 2018, however the Finance Sub Committee revisit Determination 47

11. Proposed changes to Hywel Dda

Following a lengthy discussion where all spoke against the proposed changes, it was unanimously agreed (minute 0618-11) that the clerk responds as follows "The consultation is flawed and sets communities against each other; it needs to ensure that Health and Social Care are addressed together within one organisation. It requires local decision making thus ensuring communities needs are addressed". Copy be sent to MP and AM for information

::Cllr Elwyn Williams declared an interest and left the meeting for this item::

12. Valero Monies

Clerk reported that Phildalphia Chapel had submitted three estimates for work to be carried out at their cemetery, it was unanimously agreed that the clerk write to the Chapel stating that £5,600 would be provided from the Valero Monies, he should stress that this would be the maximum paid, inspection and invoices required before payment released. Clerk checking whether monies can be given to school for maintenance.

::Cllr Williams returned to meeting::

13. Tour of Britain Cycle Race

update given by Cllr. Griffiths, he / chair and clerk had driven the route through Llangunnor, arrangements in place with the Town Council for putting up bunting and banners

14. The Battle's Over

Chair confirmed that Ian Axon would play the last post, open invitation for all to attend

15. Vacancy on the Council

Clerk reported that no request for election had been received, 'application' form to be drawn up for residents who wished to be considered for co-option

16. Defibrillators

Clerk reported that 2 defibrillators had been ordered. It had been previously agreed that one should go in Yr Aelwyd, it was also unanimously agreed (minute 0718-16) that the other one be provided for the school, members asked if more could be considered but it was decided that we get these two in place first; there should be a caveat that they should be available for the public. Clerk checking for power supply at the park

17. Plaque in Pensarn

Cllr Griffiths reported that the plaque on the bridge in Pensarn was in need of cleaning, also the bridge itself, it was agreed that the Clerk write to Carmarthenshire County Council asking if this could be done as preparation for the Tour of Britain, also ask Carmarthenshire County Council for future reference pigeons are roosting on a ledge at the top of the underside of the bridge and their droppings are making the bridge look unslighty - can anything be done to alleviate this problem

18. Reports from Members Representing Council on other Bodies

Riverside Association - No report

One Voice Wales - No meeting held, Innovative Conference to be held 4th July

School Governors - No meeting held

Training - No report

Carmarthen Town Forum - Clerk / Cllr Elwyn Williams had attended recently, connection from Mataland / Dunelm - discussions still ongoing, likely to be pedestrian but vehicular under consideration

19. County Councillor's Report

No report given

20. Approve the Schedule of Accounts

It was Resolved (minute 0618-20) proposed Cllr Dafydd Williams and seconded Cllr Whatley (unanimous) that the following payments be authorised:

A) Council is requested to consider and approve the following items of expenditure:

Payee Info (£) Amount
E Williams Playing Field (31/05/18) 75.00
CJ Thomas Salary - June 2018 585.69
Office Allowance - June 2018 100.00
IT Allowance - June 2018 40.00
Stamps 16.42
Frames for certificates 4.00
Bowen & Weaving Stationery 15.58
Sugarcraft Guild AGM Refreshments 50.00
One Voice Wales Training x 2 (Clerk, Cllr S Thomas) 80.00
Training x 1 (Cllr Griffiths) 40.00
HMRC NI/Tax 449.37
Carmarthen Riverside Association [1] S137 Donation 60.00
Zurich Insurance Annual Premium 515.86
Welsh Hearts 2 x Defibrillators 1990.00
One Voice Wales Attendance at Conference - Cllr Whatley 50.00
Carms Water Safety Partnership Chair's Fund 50.00

Previous cheque made out Carmarthen River Festival in error, cheque cancelled

B) Council to note receipt of income: None

21. Correspondence

To receive the following correspondence and agree responses.

No Nature of Correspondence Agreed Action
1 I am writing to say a massive "thank you" to you and your customers for your kind gift to Carmarthen Foodbank. Gifts like yours enable us to offer help and comfort to people when it is most needed. The foodbank provided 2,108 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis over the last year, 1,017 of which went to children. (These numbers rose by 469 compared to the previous year.) Noted
2 Letters of thanks received from all charities supported through S137 monies in April Noted
3 Additional drop-in sessions Hywel Dda Consultation - circulated Noted
4 Sustainable drainage newsletter - circulated Noted
5 Speeding traffic in Penymorfa - There are no proposals or funding available to the Council's Traffic Management section to install road humps on Penymorfa Lane in 2018/19. Residents would still like to meet Carmarthenshire County Council on site Noted
6 Bollards outside park - Carmarthenshire County Council "Please advise if a member of the Technician team could visit site to establish the feasibility of placing bollards on the public pavement outside the entrance to the park" Noted
7 Yellow lines in Haulfryn - Planned for August 2018. The traffic order making process is almost finalised Noted
8 Crash barriers adj. Tywi Garage - Sorry but this is the first time we've heard about the accident, we have no idea who caused the damage or even when the accident occurred. Nevertheless we will arrange for the barrier to be made safe and put some cones / bunting around the damaged area and we'll also arrange for the necessary repairs to be carried out in due course Noted
9 Clerk reported that he had received an email enquiring about family history Had been passed to Cllr Whatley, the enquirer had thanked Cllr Whatley for the information

22. Councillor's Report.

• Bus Stop in Penymorfa - although this had been visited previously residents were still enquiring whether it could be possible, clerk to bring finding of previous site visit to next meeting, following this request a site visit with Carmarthenshire County Council
• Clerk to follow up request for a bollard to be placed on the Capel Dewi junction with Llangunnor Road
• Contact Carmarthenshire County Council about overgrown paths and trees behind Haulfryn
• Planters - Town Council had confirmed they were being filled and should be up by end of next week
• Mount Pleasant sign damaged / removed - clerk to follow up with Carmarthenshire County Council
• Check whether we need to register following information coming from the Information Commissioner

23. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday July 26th 2018.

Meeting closed 8.35pm
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