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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 - February 2012

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of Tonyrefail & District Community Council held on Thursday 9th February 2012 at Tonyrefail Community Hall, Pritchard Street, and Tonyrefail which commenced at 6.30 p.mPresent:   Councillors:  Messrs. M. Jenkins (Chairman), R. B. McDonald, S. Kiff, S. Stevens, Mrs. B. Jenkins, Mrs. K. Godfrey, Mrs. B. McDonald and Mrs. D. Roberts
 
In Attendance:    Mrs. P. Williams (Clerk)
 
1 APOLOGIES
Apologies for absence were received from A. Wharton (still hospitalised), Mr. S. Ambani (recovering from illness),
 
2. DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INTEREST
Cllr. R. B. McDonald declared an interest in Minute No. 7 – I am a County Councillor and Chairman of Development Control on RCTCBC.  I therefore declare a Personal Interest but will take no part in proceedings.
 
3. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
The minutes of the Monthly meeting and the Extraordinary meeting both held on 9th January 2012 were confirmed as a correct record.
 
4. PUBLIC BREAK
 
4.1 Mr. Harding referred to Footpath 107 where Wales & The West utilities had been undertaking the laying of a gas line and that the trench that they had dug had now been widened to approximately 10’ and Mr. Harding advised that the Developer’s own machine had been recognized working on the path.  Councillor McDonald advised that as this was a planning issue he would leave the room. 
 
Mr. Harding informed the remaining Members that Planning Application 11/0996 is classed as ‘constrained’ owing to the presence of Footpath 107 and with the widening of the path he was concerned as this looked like an attempt to re-route the path.  The Chairman advised Mr. Harding that this is a matter for RCTCBC.   Cllr. McDonald returned to the room
 
4.2 Mr. Harding asked Cllr. McDonald if he would be present in the RCTCBC Planning meeting in March when the planning applications would be discussed. Cllr. McDonald advised Mr. Harding that he would not.
Cllr. McDonald asked Mr. Harding if there were any further planning issues to be discussed as he would have to leave the room.    Mr. Harding advised that he did not.  However Mr. Harding did ask Councillor R.B. McDonald other questions which related to the Developer and after the conversation the Chairman advised that this was not a Community Council issue.
 
4.3 Mr. Harding raised concern regarding ‘traffic speeding” outside of the Thomastown Community Centre and pointed out that a child narrowly escaped a serious accident recently.  The Clerk was asked to write to the Highways Department and to forward a copy to Cllr. Eudine Hanagan.
 
4.4 Mr. Harding raised the question of whether or not the Community Council was a member of One Voice Wales to which he was advised they were not.  When he asked the reason for this he was informed that it came down to cost.
 
4.5 Mr. Wasley raised a question on the ‘Co-option’ of 2 members which had taken place in June 2004, whereby RCTCBC had lost 2 nomination forms.  He added that RCTCBC had no recollection or record of the event and that he had been in contact with other authorities and that this was a very unique event.
 
Cllr. D. Roberts (who was Clerk at that time) advised Mr. Wasley that as the nomination papers had been lost by RCTCBC and as there were no other candidates who stood for election that the 2 members were co-opted and that the minute was recorded correctly.
 
Cllr. B. Jenkins advised Mr. Wasley that she is Cllrs. A. Wharton’s Grand-daughter and that she remembered that her grandmother, who had been a Community Councillor for many years, was one of those whose nomination paper had been lost and confirmed that this was what had happened.
 
Mr. Wasley accepted clarification of this event.
 
4.7 Mr. Wasley asked the question of how many tickets were sold for the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner to which he was advised 145.  He also asked how the Community Council advertised the event and where the tickets were made available.  After answering Mr. Wasley questions he advised that he applauded the Community Council.
 
4.6 Another member of the public raised the question of ownership of a grave in Trane cemetery in relation to a relative wishing to be able to be buried in a grave in Trane cemetery in the future. The Clerk was asked to work with the family.
 
Cllr. S. Stevens declared an interest – Person presenting request is my wife’s 1st cousin.
 
5. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
 
5.1 LAND ADJACENT TO TRANE CEMETERY
Proceeding
 
5.2  MEMORIAL SAFETY – TRANE CEMETERY
The Clerk had arranged a meeting with the Memorial Safety Officer from RCTCBC to take place on Wednesday 29th February.
 
5.3 AINON CHAPEL
Proceeding
 
5.4 WAR MEMORIAL – SGT. ARTHUR PAGE
Proceeding
 
5.5 HEOL PYMMER – POT HOLE IN ROAD
Cllr. Kiff advised that the pothole work in Heol Pymmer had been completed.
 
5.6 DOG FOULING
Members noted the reply from Mr. Ceri Davies the Enforcement Officer from RCTCBC stating that they had located instances of dog fouling on Mill Street and Tylchawen Crescent and that they had reported this to the Cleaning department for their attention.  He further advised that they will continue to patrol and monitor the area.
 
In respect of School Street they had spoken with parents/residents in the street and it was brought to his attention that the school’s playing field is being used as an exercise area for dogs and that they would be looking to patrol this area more in the upcoming weeks and that they would be replacing some of the old signs with new ones.
 
Cllr. Mrs. B. McDonald reported dog fouling between Bethel Chapel corner leading to Ely Valley Road.  The Clerk would report this to RCTCBC.
 
6. CORRESPONDENCE
 
6.1 INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL FOR WALES
Members noted the receipt of the Final Annual Report for 2012/13.
 
6.2 COUNTRYSIDE COUNCIL FOR WALES
Members noted the information from this organisation advising that the ‘Adain y Ddraig’ newspaper will not be available in print form any longer.
 
6.3 URDD GOBAITH CYMRY
It was RESOLVED:  That no financial assistance is given.
 
6.4 WELSH GOVERNMENT
Their letter dated 16th January 2012 referring to ‘The Proposal to alter the date of local government elections in Wales’ was noted.
 
6.5 KIDNEY WALES FOUNDATION – OPT FOR LIFE CYMRU
 he Clerk was asked to forward a letter of support to this organisation.
 
6.6 RCTCBC – INVITATION TO RECYCLING SAFARI
Members noted the invitation from RCT Streetcare Team.
 
6.7 BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR WALES
The contents of the Initial Proposals for the 2013 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies in Wales was noted.
 
6.8 WELSH GOVERNMENT
Members noted the contents of their letter dated 20th January 2012 advising that the ‘Section 137 Expenditure: Limit for 2012-13’ is 6.80 per elector.
 
6.9 WELSH GOVERNMENT
Their letter dated January 2012 ‘Borrowing by Community and Town Councils in 2012-13’ was noted.
 
6.10 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES
Members noted the receipt of Mick Antoniw AM report on ‘Evaluating the likely impact of the Conservative/Lib Dem Government’s Housing Benefit reform proposals on the people of Pontypridd and Rhondda Cynon Taf’
 
6.11 ONE VOICE WALES
Members noted the Training Programme for February to April 2012.
 
7. PLANNING
Cllr. R. B. McDonald left the room whilst this month’s planning applications were being discussed as per his Disclosure in Minute No. 2
 
7.1 PLANNING APPLICATION 11/1387
The Clerk was asked to write to Mr. Lee Evans – Planning Officer again as council feel that there will be insufficient parking available.
 
7.2 PLANNING APPLICATIONS – AS PER AGENDA
There were no objections/observations made to any of the planning applications placed on this month’s agenda.
 
8. FOOTPATH REPORT
The Footpath report for February was noted.
 
9. ACCOUNTS PAID JANUARY 2012
Members accepted the accounts as presented.
 
10. MEMBERS/CLERKS REPORT
Councillor K. Godfrey reported on her attendance at the Youth Speaks Competition in Pontyclun and that Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer had won the district event.
 
Councillor S. Stevens reported on the problems with parking in School Street.  Councillor McDonald advised that he would report this to RCTCBC.
 
11 TO RECEIVE:  MONTHLY PACT MEETING REPORT
It was reported that crime figures were down by 33% on last year.
 
It was also reported that the Police surgery last month was on the same night as the PACT meeting but in a different location.  The Clerk was asked to write to Inspector Jackie Johnson to ask if they could be incorporated.
 
12. SENIOR CITIZEN’S CHRISTMAS DINNER 2012
The Clerk asked Members for the date of the Christmas Dinner for 2012.  It was RESOLVED:  That this would take place on the 2nd Wednesday of December.  The Clerk would provide further information in the next monthly meeting.
 
13. TO APPROVE 6 MONTHLY ACCOUNTS
Members were provided with copies of the Monthly Accounts and the Budget as at 31st December 2011.  It was RESOLVED:  To accept the same.
 
14. HEALTH & SAFETY
The Clerk advised that she had met with Mr. Adrian Perry from RCTCBC and will report back to council as soon as possible.
 
15. MICK ANTONIW AM
The Clerk had met with Mr. Antoniw and advised council that he would be happy to attend any meeting of the council if they so wished.  This information was noted.
 
16. CAPEL FARM YOUTH CLUB
The Clerk advised that as the Youth Club has no income and expenditure as everything is donated that to open an account is difficult and that the cheque for 200 had been returned to council.    It was RESOLVED:  That the Community Council would pay the Bowling centre direct to the value of 200.
 
17. DATE AND VENUE OF NEXT MEETING.
The next meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 8th March 2012.
 
The meeting closed at 7.40 pm

 

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