MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING
ABERDYFI COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD
COUNCIL CHAMBER, LITERARY
ON MONDAY, 20TH APRIL
G Pugh Chairman
Councillors :- B Bates
AGENDA ITEM 1- APOLOGIES
received from Cllrs David Richardson, Bryn Lloyd and Geri Davies
AGENDA ITEM 2- CHAIRMAN’S
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.
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
AGENDA ITEM 3 – MINUTES OF
ORDINARY MEETING 16th MARCH
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
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
The Clerk is still working on the CAT2 Big Lottery
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
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
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.
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.
The matter of Dyfi Donkeys is awaiting a meeting with Louise.
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
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.
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
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
NP5/50/674A 1 Hillside, Aberdyfi
garage, retaining walls and formation of drive.
NP5/50/L389 Plas y Coed, Aberdyfi
Extension of planning
consent to 01/07/2017.
NP5/50/358C 6 Glandyfi Terrace, Aberdyfi
Change of use of
ground floor shop to residential letting unit
AGENDA ITEM 9 – TREASURER’S
PROPOSED by Cllr Lloyd SECONDED by Cllr Henry Jones
AGENDA ITEM 10 - COMMITTEE REPORTS
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
AGENDA ITEM 10
Wales Air Ambulance Receipt
and Certificate of Appreciation form Wales Air Ambulance for Council’s donation
Meirionydd Access Receipt
and letter of thanks from Meirionydd Access group for Council’s donation of
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.
Colin Jones, Gwynedd Letter
referring to concerns over new car park tariffs
AGENDA ITEM 11 PUBLICATIONS
AGENDA ITEM 12 – ANY OTHER
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
Dr Libby Andrews appointment to High Sheriff for Gwynedd
Festival of Food
St Peter’s Church grant
There being no
further business the meeting closed at 9.25pm