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 pmPRESENT: Councillors Messrs. S. Stevens (Chairman), N. Harding, H. Jones, G. Evans, Mrs. D. Roberts, Mrs. B. Jenkins and Mrs. K. GodfreyIn Attendance: Mrs. P. Williams (Clerk)1 APOLOGIESApologies for absence were received from Councillors Messrs. A. Davies, G. Powell, S. Kiff and Ms. A. Davies.2. DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INTERESTCouncillor Neil Harding disclosed a personal interest in Minute No. 8.9 - Nephew is the applicant.3. COMMUNITIES FIRSTThe Clerk was asked to contact Communities First to agree a date for the next meeting.4. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTESWith 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 BREAKThere were no members of the public present6. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES6.1 TONYREFAIL O.A.P.Proceeding6.2 LAND ADJACENT TO TRANE CEMETERYThe 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 – PLAQUEIt 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 ROADWaiting 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 FARMSMembers noted the information provided by RCTCBC. It was RESOLVED: That this item is removed from the minutes.6.7 PARKING – MILL STREET AND HIGH STREETThe 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 DINNERA 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 COUNCILLORSThe 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 SHELTERSMembers 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 HEULOGAs the Community Council have asked that RCTCBC liaise with the Developer on this matter it was RESOLVED: That this item is removed from the minutes6.12 WAUNRHYDD ROAD – FLOODINGProceeding6.13 LLANTRISANT LEISURE CENTREIt was RESOLVED: That this item is removed from the minutes6.14 RHONDDA BOWL – CAR PARKMembers 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 20127.3 RAMBLERS CYMRUMembers noted their letter dated 12th November 2012 in respect of their Walks Prog7.4 WELSH GOVERNMENT – MARINE CONSERVATION ZONESMembers noted their letter dated 6th November 2012.7.5 TONYREFAIL ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION – THANK YOU LETTERMembers noted their letter dated 19th November 20127.6 RCTCBC – COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVYThe information on the CIL levy charge outlined in RCTCBC letter dated 21st November 2012 was noted.7.7 1st TONYREFAIL SCOUT GROUP – THANK YOU LETTERMembers noted their letter.7.8 HAPPY WANDERERS – THANK YOU LETTERMembers noted their letter.7.9 ONE VOICE WALES – BENEFIT OF JOININGThe Clerk was asked to obtain a price.7.10 MRS. E. SMITHThe Clerk was asked to write to Mrs. Smith7.11 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES (CONSULTATION ON THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DEMOCRACY) (WALES) BILLMembers noted the information provided in their letter dated 29th November 20128. PLANNINGCouncillor 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 APPLICATIONSThere were no observations/objections raised.8.10 – PLANNING APPLICATIONS 12/0294/11/0142Members 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 REPORTMembers noted the Footpath report for December.10. ACCOUNTS PAID NOVEMBER 2012Members approved and accepted the accounts paid November 2012.11. MEMBERS/CLERKS REPORT 11.1 – CLERK’S REPORTi). STAFFINGA confidential discussion took place on staffing rates for some employees. It was RESOLVED: That a Staffing committee meeting is arranged.ii). TREE POLICYThe 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 CEMETERYThe 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 REPORTSThe 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 REPORTIt was reported that residents had concerns over the lack of Councillors in attendance.13. TRANE CEMETERY13.1 MEMORIAL SAFETY TESTINGProceeding13.2 TREESThe Clerk reported that all the tree work for 2012 had been completed and approved by ARB Consultancy.13.3 DAMAGE TO GRAVESTONESMembers 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-DATEThe 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 PUBLICITYIt 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-CYCLINGIt 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 TONYREFAILDeferred to the January meeting.19. LACK OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN TONYREFAILMembers 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 MEETINGIt 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.