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October 2019

Minutes of Monthly Meeting of Llangunnor Community Council held in 'Yr Aelwyd', Tregynnwr at 6.30pm on Thursday 24th October 2019

PRESENT: Councillor Robin Griffiths (Chair), Geraint Bevan, Paul Totterdale, Elwyn Williams, Lee Whatley, Dafydd Williams, John Porter and Sandra Thomas

APOLOGIES: Councillor Vivian Davies, Alun West, Alexandra Trowbridge-Mathews and Jennifer Slate

1. Councillor West

The Clerk reported that he had been in contact with Cllr West who was on the road to recovery, however his mobility was currently poor, he asked that the council give him a few months to see how he was, it was agreed: For 7 Abstention 1 (minute 1019–1) that Cllr West be given until the new year meeting to see if his mobility improved

Declaration of Interest


3. Police Report

No police report received

4. Chair's Announcements

Chair had been approached with regard parking issues in Haulfryn. He had attended a tree planting ceremony at the school in memory of Mrs Zena Jenkins. He had attended a preview of the new CCTV unit at Police HQ, it was an excellent facility

5. Public Questions


6. Minutes

It was unanimously agreed (minute 1019-6) and RESOLVED to approve as a correct record the minutes of the monthly Council meeting and Planning Committee held on 19th September 2019

7. Park / Environment Committee

The fence at the Park was now in position, the Clerk had pointed out to the contractor that the gate was not currently self-closing, Clerk to follow up on this. The Clerk to make enquiries to ensure that the existing gate also self closes. Llwybrau Llangynwr – Clerk to liaise with headmaster to organise a couple of open evenings for public to view the interpretation boards, check with Trysor with regard to leaflets. P & E Committee meeting to be called before next monthly meeting

8. Web / Media Committee

Cllr Whatley pointed out that minutes / agendas were not being uploaded onto the website. One Voice Wales had forwarded policies to the Clerk for consideration, members were disappointed that these were not bilingual, Clerk to contact One Voice Wales. Distribution of current newsletter had commenced

9. Finance Committee

A meeting will be held on the 6th November 2019, paperwork to follow. As Cllr. West would not be attending meetings until the new year at least it was agreed For 7 Abstention 1 that Cllr Porter temporarily replace Cllr West on the Committee

10. Christmas Decoration Committee

Meeting arranged for November 6th, paperwork to be circulated. Carmarthen Town Council with regard the tree -
18 foot tree - £240.00,
25 foot tree - £475.00,
30 foot tree - £590.00

Last year’s trees we had were 3 x 20ft at a cost of £275 each. It was unanimously agreed (minute 1019–10) that 3 x 18ft trees be ordered.

The Clerk reported that he had received an email from the Morrisons Champion that they were happy for the lights to be turned on the 20th November the same time as the other trees. Cllr Dafydd Williams objected to this, but it was pointed out to him that there was a minute of Council to this effect and the confirmation email from the store, Cllr Williams got into a debate with the Chair and it is recorded that he did not show the Chair due respect

11. Valero Monies

Clerk to bring report to the November meeting

12. Council Vacancy

To date Clerk had received no interest, a piece was included in the newsletter so hopefully that will help

13. Defibrillators

Clerk had received the following from Cariad “Unfortunately, due to extremely increasing demand we will now be taking requests for defibrillators from January 2020. We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience but as we are solely run by volunteers, this will enable us to ensure no unnecessary delays occur. If you are still wishing to proceed in January, we will be here to help”. It was unanimously agreed (minute 1019–13) that the council wait until January, Clerk to inform them of ths decision

14. Behaviours

As per minutes of September meeting - (minute 0919–15.8ii) that at the next meeting an agenda item be included to have a full and frank discussion with regard to all issues and remind all Councillors of the code of conduct / standing orders / Good Councillor Guide – the Clerk read out a brief statement of what he viewed as the responsibilities of members [Appendix 1]. The Chair thanked the Clerk and all members agreed to take heed of the advice

15. Reports from Members Representing Council on other Bodies.

Riverside Association -

One Voice Wales - Cllr Whatley reported that he attended the Area meeting at Pontyberem and the AGM/Conference meeting at Pontrhydfendigaid - carried motions [Appendix 2]

School Governors - All vacancies now filled, issues with cost of improvements to toilet block Clerk to remind the headmaster of Council support through the Valero monies

Training -

16. County Councillor’s Report

Cllr Elwyn Williams reported that he had attended several training events in the past month

17. Approve the Schedule of Accounts

It was unanimously Resolved (minute 1019-17) 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 (30/09/19) 97.00
Other work: School path / Sticle path – strimming hedge cutting etc. 180.00
CJ Thomas Salary – Oct 2019 638.16
Office Allowance – Oct 2019 100.00
IT Allowance – Oct 2019 40.00
Reimbursement: Daffodil Bulbs for school 8.00
Carmarthen Town Council Translation of Newsletter 111.15
Vision ICT Web Hosting (£163 + VAT) 195.60
One Voice Wales Attendance at AGM & Conference 100.00
Llangunnor Church Donation: Community Fund 100.00
Babell Friendship Centre Donation: Community Fund 100.00
Carmarthenshire County Council Project Management Nantycaws (£565.12 + VAT)[1] 678.14
Fresh Air Fitness Replacement Labels and touch-up paint (£187.00 + VAT) 224.40
Lee Whatley Travelling 47.25

** The meeting expressed their disappointment at the fact that this island had been placed in place when its effect was always going to be minimal, it was also suggested that it was laid to far back from the junction, it was unanimously agreed (minute 1019–17.8) that the Clerk write to Carmarthenshire County Council expressing this view, it also reluctantly agreed to ask for fee proposal to progress the feasibility of introducing a traffic order

B) Council to note receipt of income: None

18. Correspondence

The following correspondence be noted/action taken:

No Nature of Correspondence Agreed Action
1 Statutory Notice - Proposal to change the nature of Foundation Phase provision at Ysgol Llangynnwr to Welsh medium education with Dual Stream provision remaining from Key Stage 2 Circulated
2 Beyond Zero Waste – Building the Truly Circular Economy – This November @ Principality Stadium Cardiff Circulated
3 One Voice Wales: VE Day 75 Circulated
4 Useful Pension Credit leaflet Circulated
5 Understanding Welsh Places / Deall Lleoedd yng Nghymru Circulated
6 Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales draft Annual Report Consultation – full report circulated, recommendation will be circulated with November paperwork Circulated
7 Impact report - Age Cymru SIr Gar - Information & Advice - welfare benefits Circulated
8 Letter from Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council – Chair’s Christmas Appeal Circulated
9 PCC Newsletter Circulated
10 Letter from Dyfed Powys Police and Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council thanking Community Council for their support Noted
11 Beyond Cities: resilient local economies and communities 28.11.19 Merthyr Tydfil Circulated
12 One Voice Wales – Policies for consideration for adoption by Council To be considered by W & M C’ttee

19. Councillor's Report.

• Cllr Griffiths brought the following to the attention of members with regard to the cross dedication service
a) he confirmed that the number attending would be 132;
b) memorial stone should be erected in the next week;
c) Carmarthenshire County Council were hoping to get the grass cut
d) a request made to Carmarthenshire County Council if the road sweeper could run through the lay-by before the event;
e) he confirmed that crowd control would be undertaken by Dyfed Powys Police
• Cllr. Whatley raised the following
i) Parking in Haulfryn, Clerk to back through minutes to see what Carmarthenshire County Council had offered as a possible solution
ii) lack of bins, two bins had disappeared – one on Babell Hill and other at the junction of Blaengwastod Road and Bolahaul Road;
iii) the Nantycaws speed sign was being obstructed by some branches;
iv) Mrs Eileen Jones’ usual coffee morning was to be held on Monday 28th October
• Could the speed signs in Blaengwastod Road be checked
• Dyfed Powys Police had launched a new community policing / neighbourhood policing structure – what effect will this have on the Community of Llangunnor
• Clerk to follow up on lighting from path from Llangunnor Road up to Penymorfa
• Check whether the Council would be affected by any cases of leaf-beetle ash dieback, and any costs involved now that the Council had taken over the maintenance of some of the paths in the area
• A section of Mount Pleasant, between its junction with Brynmeurig and Roman Park has a considerable quantity of leaves built up both in the channels on both sides of the road and particularly in the footpaths themselves, where they are damp and could be considered as a slip hazard. There is also a considerable amount of fallen nut kernels on the footpaths which exacerbates the problem. Clerk to contact Carmarthenshire County Council with a requesting the sweeping of both the carriageway and footpaths and could this area be monitored and swept as required

20. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 14th November 2019 at 6.30pm

Meeting closed 7.50pm

Appendix 1 - Behaviours

Members must at all times take regard of the Council’s Standing Orders and Code of Conduct, and heed any advice within the Good Councillor Guide.

I am not going to go through which aspects are important as you should all be familiar with them. However I would remind members that have their own social media pages that they should not conduct themselves in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or authority into disrepute

In my opinion although posts may reflect a personal view, if they give direct or indirect criticism of the council then it is the perception that it gives is what is important. Members of the public know who is or isn’t a member and it is how they perceive these messages is important. So please bear this in mind

Clearly the code states that you must not use your position as councillor to gain any unfair advantage to yourself or to members of our family. It has been discussed quite a few times that members should not use this privilege to advance their own agenda but firstly bring it to Council to find out what the feeling of the council is on the matter and therefore gain its support.

Personally, where the Council has decided on a motion or plan of action, I see no issue with a member following this up, provided that all correspondence / emails / telephone calls are reported to the Clerk so that he is kept in the loop

The agenda item is now open to the floor, but I do stress that I will advise the Chair that any personal issues raised would be against the general point of the motion

Appendix 2 - Motions for One Voice Wales AGM 5th October 2019

Carmarthen Town Council & Llanfihangel Ystrad Community Council

That there should be a national uniformity for road and public signs in Wales and where planning consent is required for a public sign involving the use of language, the sign should be bi-lingual (i.e. Welsh first and then English), and that this is a condition of planning consent'

Chepstow Town Council, Nevern Community Council & Presteigne & Norton Town Council

That this AGM of One Voice Wales urges the Welsh Government not to levy business rates on Community and Town Councils for library buildings and public toilets thereby removing the additional financial burden on local councils who take over these essential services; and, given the additional funding coming to Wales over 3 years as a result of the UK Government's Autumn Budget announcements to provide additional business rate relief to retail and hospitality businesses across Wales

Coity Higher Community Council

This motion calls for the National Executive Committee of One Voice Wales to develop a five year strategic plan which will ensure that the organisation is appropriately structured to provide high quality support to the Community & Town Council sector going forward

Pennard Community Council

To provide a toolkit and guidance to Community Councils wishing to declare a Climate Emergency and work towards a carbon zero future

One Voice Wales Motion

That membership fees are uplifted by up to 5% for the financial year 2020-2021

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