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CLERK
Mrs Pauline Williams
COEDELY WARD
Cllr. Cameron Wells
 
COLLENNA WARD
Cllr. Mr Austin Davies
Cllr. Mr Shawn Stevens
 
PENRHIWFER WARD
Cllr.Andrew Davies Jones
Cllr. Mr Dan Owen Jones
 
THOMASTOWN WARD
Cllr. Mrs Karen Webb
 
TYLCHA WARD
Cllr. Mrs Diedre Roberts
Cllr. Mr Danny Grehan
 
TYNYBRYN WARD
Cllr. Mrs Alex Davies Jones
Cllr. Mr Greg Powel

Community Council Meeting Minutes - December 2012

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of Tonyrefail & District Community Council held on Thursday 13th December 2012 at The Community Hall, Prichard Street, Tonyrefail, which commenced at 6.30 pm
 
PRESENT:    Councillors Messrs. S. Stevens (Chairman), N. Harding, H. Jones, G. Evans, Mrs. D. Roberts, Mrs. B. Jenkins and Mrs. K. Godfrey
 
In Attendance:    Mrs. P. Williams (Clerk)
 
1 APOLOGIES
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Messrs. A. Davies, G. Powell, S. Kiff and Ms. A. Davies.
 
2. DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INTEREST
Councillor Neil Harding disclosed a personal interest in Minute No. 8.9 - Nephew is the applicant.
 
3. COMMUNITIES FIRST
The Clerk was asked to contact Communities First to agree a date for the next meeting.
 
4. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
With the following amendment to Minute No. 11 (ii) Councillor Shawn Stevens name was omitted that he would attend the Youth Speaks Competition.   The minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on 9th November were confirmed as a correct record.
 
5. PUBLIC BREAK
There were no members of the public present
 
6. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
 
6.1 TONYREFAIL O.A.P.
Proceeding
 
6.2 LAND ADJACENT TO TRANE CEMETERY
The Clerk to liaise with the Developer and Welsh Wildlife to set a date for a meeting on any Thursday or Friday morning in January.
 
6.3 PANT-Y-BRAD LANE – PLAQUE
It was RESOLVED:  To put an advert in the Observer asking if anyone knows of the whereabouts of a plaque which was situated on the pillar of the gateway to the Oakland’s house at Pant-y-Brad.
It was also RESOLVED:  That the Clerk contacts Tonyrefail School to ask if the plaque that they have in the school is the original and if it was given to them as a custodian.
 
6.4 TAKING THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL ON THE ROAD
Waiting further information from Williamstown Primary School.
 
6.5 TONYREFAIL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
 It was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the minutes at this time.
 
6.6 RCTCBC – POLICY ON WIND FARMS
Members noted the information provided by RCTCBC.  It was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the minutes.
 
6.7 PARKING – MILL STREET AND HIGH STREET
The Clerk advised that there are parking restriction signs in both Mill Street and High Street.  It was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the minutes.
 
6.8 SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS DINNER
A report was given by Councillors B. Jenkins and K. Godfrey and they both advised that the ‘Dinner’ provided by the Community Council on the 12th December had been a complete success. 
 
6.9 PLANNING TRAINING FOR COUNCILLORS
The Clerk had circulated information from both One Voice Wales and RCTCBC in respect of planning training.  It was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the agenda.
 
6.10 BUS SHELTERS
Members noted the contents of RCTCBC letter dated 3rd December 2012.  It was RESOLVED:  That a bus shelter is located in Heol Ty Llwyd.  It was also RESOLVED:  That the 2nd bus shelter would be located at a site to be agreed in Bryngolau.
 
6.11 TRAFFIC CALMING – GWERN HEULOG
As the Community Council have asked that RCTCBC liaise with the Developer on this matter it was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the minutes
 
6.12 WAUNRHYDD ROAD – FLOODING
Proceeding
 
6.13 LLANTRISANT LEISURE CENTRE
It was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the minutes
 
6.14 RHONDDA BOWL – CAR PARK
Members noted the contents of an email from RCTCBC dated 4th December and it was RESOLVED:  That this item is removed from the minutes.
 
7. CORRESPONDENCE
 
 7.1 VICTIM SUPPORT – FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
 Members noted their letter dated 6th November 2012.
 
7.2 ALL WALES DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE – FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
Members noted their letter dated 9th November 2012
 
7.3 RAMBLERS CYMRU
Members noted their letter dated 12th November 2012 in respect of their Walks Prog
 
7.4 WELSH GOVERNMENT – MARINE CONSERVATION ZONES
Members noted their letter dated 6th November 2012.
 
7.5 TONYREFAIL ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION – THANK YOU LETTER
Members noted their letter dated 19th November 2012
 
7.6 RCTCBC – COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY
The information on the CIL levy charge outlined in RCTCBC letter dated 21st November 2012 was noted.
 
7.7 1st TONYREFAIL SCOUT GROUP – THANK YOU LETTER
Members noted their letter.
 
7.8 HAPPY WANDERERS – THANK YOU LETTER
Members noted their letter.
 
7.9 ONE VOICE WALES – BENEFIT OF JOINING
The Clerk was asked to obtain a price.
 
7.10 MRS. E. SMITH
The Clerk was asked to write to Mrs. Smith
 
7.11 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES (CONSULTATION ON THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DEMOCRACY) (WALES) BILL
Members noted the information provided in their letter dated 29th November 2012
 
8. PLANNING
Councillor N. Harding declared an interest in Minute No. 8.9 and took no part in the discussion of the same.
 
8.1 – 8.9 – PLANNING APPLICATIONS
There were no observations/objections raised.
 
8.10 – PLANNING APPLICATIONS 12/0294/11/0142
Members noted the contents of a copy letter received from County Borough Councillor Paul Wasley.
 
8.11 TRANE FARM DEVELOPMENT
 Members noted the contents of an email from RCTCBC dated 29th November. 
 
9. FOOTPATH REPORT
Members noted the Footpath report for December.
 
10. ACCOUNTS PAID NOVEMBER 2012
Members approved and accepted the accounts paid November 2012.
 
11. MEMBERS/CLERKS REPORT
 
 11.1 – CLERK’S REPORT
 
i). STAFFING
A confidential discussion took place on staffing rates for some employees.  It was RESOLVED:  That a Staffing committee meeting is arranged.
 
ii). TREE POLICY
The Clerk provided members with a copy of a tree policy for adoption by the Council.  It was RESOLVED:  To agree and accept the same. 
 
iii) ROOF – BUILDING TOP OF CEMETERY
The Clerk reported that the roof needed work carried out.  It was RESOLVED:  That the roof is replaced with box profile sheets.  It was further RESOLVED:  That the Chairman and the Clerk are given plenary powers to award the contract.
 
11.2 MEMBERS REPORTS
The Clerk was asked to obtain advice on how to pursue a Tree Preservation Order and to obtain a report on areas in Tonyrefail where there are Tree Preservation Orders in existence.
 
The Clerk was asked to contact RCTCBC regarding the park in Edmondstown as an area of grassland had been dug up and a large area of fencing removed.
 
The Clerk was asked to contact Mr. Mick Antoniw A.M in respect of Ely Valley Welfare Football Ground changing rooms. 
 
As the Minor Authority Representative for Cwm Lai school Councillor Harding advised that owing to work commitments that he would like to resign.   The Clerk advised that she would inform RCTCBC of his decision.
 
12. MONTHLY PACT MEETING REPORT
It was reported that residents had concerns over the lack of Councillors in attendance.
 
13. TRANE CEMETERY
 
13.1 MEMORIAL SAFETY TESTING
Proceeding
 
13.2 TREES
The Clerk reported that all the tree work for 2012 had been completed and approved by ARB Consultancy.
 
13.3 DAMAGE TO GRAVESTONES
Members noted the letter from County Borough Councillor Paul Wasley notifying the Community Council that he intended to commence action through the Courts on behalf of the legal grave owner.  The Clerk advised that a copy of Councillor Wasley’s letter had been forwarded to Zurich insurance company.
 
14 ALLOTMENTS 
 
14.2 PRICHARD STREET – REQUEST FOR PIPING
 RCTCBC advised that they are unable to contribute to the cost of the piping.
 
14.2 PRICHARD STREET – DEFERRED GRANT APPLICATION FORM
 It was RESOLVED:  That no grant is awarded to this organisation.
 
15 HEALTH AND SAFETY UP-DATE
The Clerk again reported that she was finding it difficult to have time to undertake this task and with her lack of experience asked for help on this important issue as there is still a lot to be done.  It was RESOLVED:  That the Community Council engages the help of an outside Consultant to undertake this work.
 
16. COMMUNITY COUNCIL PUBLICITY
It was RESOLVED:  That the Community Council places information in the Tonyrefail Directory.  It was further RESOLVED:  That Councillors report back to the next meeting with ideas for future events.
 
17. VISIT TO RHYS-CYCLING
It was RESOLVED:  That Councillors K. Godfrey, H. Jenkins, S. Stevens would be interested in visiting Rhys-cycling.  The Clerk to make the necessary arrangements.
 
18. TO MEET:   KIM WILLIS FROM THE ANVIL TRUST IN TONYREFAIL
Deferred to the January meeting.
 
19. LACK OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN TONYREFAIL
Members reported they were offended by the comments made by a RCTCBC Spokesperson in two issues of the Pontypridd Observer.  It was RESOLVED:  That the Clerk replies to the article in the Observer and it was further RESOLVED:  That the Clerk writes to RCTCBC to ask that the Spokesperson’s comments are retracted.
 
20. DATE AND VENUE OF NEXT MEETING
It was RESOLVED:  That the next meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 10th January 2012 at the Community Hall, Prichard Street.
 
 
The meeting closed at 8.45 pm.

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