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The Community Council comprises eleven Councillors representing two wards -
Dyfi Ward (9 Councillors) and Abertafol Ward (2 Councillors).
 

MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF THE

ABERDYFI COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD IN THE

COUNCIL CHAMBER, LITERARY INSTITUTE, ABERDYFI,

ON MONDAY, 20TH APRIL 2015.

 

Present were :-   Cllr G Pugh         Chairman          

 

 

Councillors :-                              B Bates

                                                D Owen

G Jones            

                                                D Williams

                                                C Fowles

                                                H Jones

                                                M Reynolds       

 

AGENDA ITEM 1- APOLOGIES

CL145/20.04.15

Apologies received from Cllrs David Richardson, Bryn Lloyd and Geri Davies

 

AGENDA ITEM 2- CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

CL/145/20.04.15

Cllr Pugh had been fortunate, along with other members of the community, to attend Dr Libby Andrews Declaration Ceremony as High Sheriff of Gwynedd at Portmeirion. Her appointment was an honour for Aberdyfi. He was also due to attend Cllr Dewi Owen’s Civic Service at St Peter’s church on Sunday April 26th, marking the end of Cllr Owen’s tenure as Chairman of Gwynedd County Council.

Easter had been a successful and busy Bank Holiday for Aberdyfi and Cllr Pugh said he was looking forward to being guest speaker at the forthcoming WI luncheon at the Neuadd Dyfi.

 

AGENDA ITEM 3 – MINUTES OF ORDINARY MEETING 16th MARCH

CL/146/20.04.15

Cllr Williams took this opportunity to say that Cllr Gareth Jones hoped to join their meeting after being delayed by work commitments.

It was agreed that the minutes were a true and accurate record of the March meeting.

PROPOSED by Cllr Dewi Owen and SECONDED by Cllr Megan Reynolds

 

AGENDA ITEM 4 - MATTERS ARISING

CL/147/20.04.15

A/M98(16.02.15)

Church Bay Benches.

Phil Simmonds from Gwynedd had confirmed, according to his records, there were no benches missing. Cllr Owen suggested that perhaps AA&I might consider investing in perhaps two benches for the village, with plaques. Perhaps also two from Community Council. Cllr Williams suggested that we check the Tywyn depot.

The Clerk noted that the two memorial benches he had organised for Pen y Bryn had proven to be sub-standard and that he had requested the work to be done again. Clerk to check on the availability of concrete ends at Tywyn.

B/M92/(17.11.14)School building.

The Clerk is still working on the CAT2 Big Lottery application.

C/M112/(19.01.15)Beach school.

The Clerk had spoken with Jo Clanfield again who had not made significant progress with Barry Davies. Cllr Williams suggested that Community Council write to Barry Davies to support the initiative if there continues to be no response.

D/M126/(16.02.15)SSSI site opportunity to purchase.

The Chairman distributed outline plans, prepared by the Clerk, of the SSSI site which the Community Council has an option to purchase, for a nominal £1.00, from Gwynedd Council. There had been some discussion over the assumed use of the site as a rubbish tip at some stage in its history. The Clerk was able to confirm that at no stage, according to his enquiries, was the site a rubbish tip. With regard to the issue of possible subsidence, Adrian Williams from Gwynedd Highways confirmed that if in the unlikely event of subsidence of the main road subsidence, it would be a Highways liability.

The Clerk was able to confirm that the idea was only to consider the land on the village side of the track down from the cemetery car park, not the track itself, which would remain the responsibility of Gwynedd. Cllr Williams proposed the matter be raised at the AGM, seconded by Cllr Henry Jones.

E/M127/(16.02.15)Pen y Bryn.

The Clerk had met with Liz Haynes, Gwynedd Footpaths, at Pen y Bryn, who had confirmed that Gwynedd had offered to pay for 70 metres of new fencing and also that Gwynedd would assume ongoing maintenance of the footpath.

G/M127/(16.02.15)Happy Valley.

The Clerk has spoken with Adrian Williams regarding the cyclepath dangers. Cllr Owen had also raised the matter with Adrian Williams. The Clerk was able to confirm that he had arranged a meeting with Adrian in Aberdfyi to discuss a number of highway issues.

H/136/(16.03.15) Dyfi Donkeys

The matter of Dyfi Donkeys is awaiting a meeting with Louise.

H/140/(16.03.15) Picnic Island Bridge

Cllr Owen brought up the matter of Picnic Island and said he had met with engineers on site and they felt that the main bearers were actually not in bad condition and had some years left in them. There followed a discussion regarding the safety issues regarding the Outward Bound and the footpath development. Cllr Williams suggested that perhaps we can arrange, through Gwynedd consultancy, an independent structural report, and seek to have a copy of any report.

 

AGENDA ITEM 5  – GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER

CL/148/20.04.15

Cllr Owen reported there were suggestions that the number of community councils were to be reduced as part of a rationalisation programme. The Clerk attended a meeting in Caernarfon to discuss the ramifications, but only eight out of 80 clerks attended.

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There were many issues raised in the White Paper, including training for all Councillors, and the appointment of only qualified clerks. It was felt by the Clerk, after listening to the discussions, that Aberdyfi was in a position to ‘tick many boxes’ with regard to proposed expectations. Some councils, it had been reported, were not performing to standard. The suggestion seemed to be that ‘big is better’.

Cllr Owen observed that the intention was to try to amalgamate a number of councils to create cost savings across the county.

Cllr Henry Jones expressed concern that the plans could well pit one community against another.

There were implications that those councils that were left after the re-organisation could well be in a position to take greater autonomy regarding its own affairs.

A view was expressed that the amalgamation of communities with very different cultures could be devisive.

Cllr Williams also observed that the real decision making could end up becoming even more centralised than it is at the moment.

Cllr Henry Jones reminded the meeting that community councillors were dedicated to their roles within their own communities and that they gave their time for no financial reward and that any watering down of this ethos, through amalgamation, could result in less democracy.

Cllr Owen observed that, in his position as Gwynedd Chairman, he held a view that Aberdyfi was fortunate in having a community council that was more pro-active than many. He also noted that with grouping of community councils, there was a possibility that professional clerks could serve a number of councils within a group.

The Clerk suggested that he circulate notes to councillors after which any observations can be presented accordingly.

At this juncture Cllr Gareth Jones joined the meeting.

AGENDA ITEM 7  – GWYNEDD COUNCIL REPORT

CL/150/20.04.15

Cllr Owen noted that the sand shift had taken place and that the golf club 12th green reconstruction had progressed.

A letter had been received from Steffan Jones regarding the possibility of creating a recycling facility in the village

Two locations were suggested. One was the common land run by the harbour, an area which has become an unsightly mess over recent years, and the yard at the rear of Dyfi Yard. Steffan Jones had also asked for any observations regarding flytipping in the area since the closure of Potters Yard in Machynlleth. Cllr Owen had made his feelings felt and pointed out he many beauty spots that had been blighted by flytipping in and around the village. Cllr Reynolds had seen garden waste floating down the River Dyfi and Cllr Williams had seen evidence of rubbish dumping at the cemetery car park.          

There appeared to be a growing tendency for indiscriminate dumping of unsorted rubbish in whatever bin that can find.

Louis Hiatt had proposed he set up a private enterprise service for the village at a fixed charge for anyone who wished to use the service. The clerk outlined the proposal to Council.

There were concerns regarding the management of such a facility and that there could be a problem if attention were not paid to appropriate care, particularly if paper and light plastics were allowed to disperse with the winds. The matter had been discussed in Tywyn but a suitable site had been difficult to source.

Cllr Bates requested information regarding the poor state of the road surface in Chapel Square. He was also unhappy with the sloppy manner in which the slurry application had been done in Copperhill Street.

Cllr Williams suggested that the signage at Nantiesyn car park is badly faded and needs attention.

 

AGENDA ITEM 8- PLANNING

CL/151/20.04.15

PLANNING

NP5/50/674A  1 Hillside, Aberdyfi

Construction of garage, retaining walls and formation of drive.

APPLICATION

NP5/50/L389   Plas y Coed, Aberdyfi

Extension of planning consent to 01/07/2017.

APPLICATION

NP5/50/358C  6 Glandyfi Terrace, Aberdyfi

Change of use of ground floor shop to residential letting unit

APPLICATION

 

AGENDA ITEM 9 – TREASURER’S  REPORT

CL/152/20.04.15

PROPOSED by Cllr Lloyd SECONDED by Cllr Henry Jones

 

AGENDA ITEM 10  - COMMITTEE REPORTS     

CL/153/20.04.15

Neuadd Dyfi

Cllr Williams was able to give appositive report on the Neuadd Dyfi. Usage of the facility was good and increasing. Des George is seeking a treasurer and the post may be advertised shortly. Funding is being sought regarding the installation of a new stage.

 

AGENDA ITEM 10

CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED

CL/154/20.04.15

Wales Air Ambulance                Receipt and Certificate of Appreciation form Wales Air Ambulance for Council’s donation of 100.00

Meirionydd Access                    Receipt and letter of thanks from Meirionydd Access group for Council’s donation of 50.00

Dail Dydynni                            Receipt and letter of thanks from Dail Dysynni for Council’s donation of 50.00

Dysynni Fun Runners               We have received a letter from the Fun Runners to say they are unable to assist us this year with the Commando Fun Run. The Clerk has approached Outward Bound to ask if they might be able to assist. Heather Black is considering he idea and will let the Clerk know next week. The proposed date is 28th May

GL Jones                                   Quotation for repairs to playground equipment. Clerk has instructed him to go ahead.

 

CORRESPONDENCE DISPATCHED

Colin Jones, Gwynedd       Letter referring to concerns over new car park tariffs

 

AGENDA ITEM 11 PUBLICATIONS

CL/155/20.04.15     

The Voice                          April issue

 

AGENDA ITEM 12 – ANY OTHER BUSINESS

CL/156/20.04.15     

Cllr Gareth Jones raised the issue of the missed opportunity with regard the Penhelyg toilets. It was pointed out by the Chairman that the matter had been discussed at a previous meeting. Cllr Williams reminded the Clerk that the xtra toilet clean for the summer needs to be arranged.

Cllr Owen observed that Snowdonia appeared to be dragging their feet regarding the TIC. At this advanced stage of the season the TIC was still understaffed and requested that we, as a community council, write to Snowdonia and raise the issue.

 

AGENDA ITEM 13 – ITEMS FOR THE PRESS/RUSHLIGHT

CL/144/16.03.1

·       Dr Libby Andrews appointment to High Sheriff for Gwynedd

·       Recycling problem

·       Festival of Food

·       St Peter’s Church grant

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.25pm

 




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