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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 - September 2011

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting of Tonyrefail & District Community Council held on Thursday 8th September 2011 at Tonyrefail Community Hall, Pritchard Street, Tonyrefail which commenced at 6.30 p.m
 
Present:   Councillors:   Messrs. M. Jenkins (Chairman), S. Stevens,  R. B. McDonald,  N. Whitehead, S. Kiff, Mrs. B. Jenkins, Mrs. K. Godfrey Mrs. B. McDonald
 
In Attendance:    Mrs. P. Williams (Clerk)
 
The Chairman welcomed Councillor Steve Kiff to his first meeting.
 
1   APOLOGIES
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Mr. A. Wharton (currently in hospital) and Mr. S. Ambani (ill health)
 
2.   DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INTEREST
Cllr. R.B McDonald declared an interest in all Planning Applications – Minute No. 7.   “As I am a County Councillor and Chairman of R.C.T. Planning Committee, I take no part in this subject”
 
Councillor Neil Whitehead declared an interest in Planning Application No. 7.9.  “Son-in-Law is a Director of the present developer”
 
Councillor Steve. Kiff declared an interest in Planning Application No. 7.9.
“A family member was one of those who sent an objection”
 
STANDING ORDERS WERE SUSPENDED AS THERE WERE NUMEROUS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC PRESENT AND AGENDA ITEM 4 WAS DISCUSSED PRIOR TO AGENDA ITEM 3.
 
4.  PUBLIC BREAK
A discussion took place on Planning Application 7.9.
 
Mr. Paul Wasley was nominated by the many residents present to address the council meeting.  He advised that residents were extremely concerned with further development and that they were aware that the Community Council had objected to any development on the site in question in the Local Development Plan.  He asked the council if they still stood by these objections to which members replied they did.
 
Mr. Wasley asked Councillor R. B. McDonald as to when the application would be discussed in RCTCBC to which Councillor McDonald replied that this would not be for many months yet.
 
The Clerk had received numerous emails objecting to this development and these objections were re-iterated at the meeting.
 
It was also reported that a huge amount of the proposed area for development had already been excavated and huge ecological damage had been done pre-planning”. Councillor R. B. McDonald would contact the Enforcement Officer.
 
It was agreed that a site meeting would be held.   Residents present nominated Mr. Paul Wasley as their representative.  The Clerk would liaise with Mr. Wasley on the time and date of the meeting.
 
STANDING ORDERS WERE RESUMED
 
3.   CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
 
With the following amendments:  That the date of the meeting was 14th July and not 16th July, that S. Steven should read S. Stevens and that S. Ambani was recorded twice in apologies for absence, the monthly minutes of the 14th July meeting were recorded as a correct record.
 
5.   MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
 
5.1   LAND ADJACENT TO TRANE CEMETERY
The Clerk advised members that she had received an email late afternoon today from Dorchester Land which she would forward to Members, as she felt that their requests need further discussion at the next meeting.
 
5.2   COMMUNITY HALL – CAR PARK LIGHTING
Councillor McDonald was informed that the installation of a light in the car park was anticipated for completion during the first week of September. Councillor McDonald will chase RCT on this matter.
 
5.3   BUS STOP HAFOD WEN/HIGHLANDS, TONYREFAIL
Proceeding
 
5.4    MEMORIAL SAFETY – TRANE CEMETERY
2 quotations were presented to Council for their consideration.  The Clerk advised members that the cemetery supervisor and herself will meet with the Memorial Safety Officer in RCT to discuss the matter of ‘in-house testing’ and will report back to council in the next meeting.
 
5.5   STONE PILLARS – PENRHIWFER ROAD
The Clerk had emailed RCT and was awaiting a response.
 
6.   CORRESPONDENCE
 
6.1   ONE VOICE WALES – AUTUMN TRAINING PROGRAMME
Members noted the contents of the same.
 
6.2   WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT ORDER – STOPPING UP OF
HIGHWAYS (Forest View, Off Elwyn Street, Coedely.
The letter from the Assembly dated 18th August advising that the above Order has now been made, together with a copy of the associated final public notice and plan was noted.
 
6.3   ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY – RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM
Members noted the contents of their letter dated 5th August 2011
 
6.4   ONE VOICE WALES – MEMBERSHIP OF ONE VOICE WALES
Members declined the offer of membership to this organisation.
 
6.5 INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL FOR WALES – DRAFT ANNUAL REPORT
Members noted the contents of their letter dated 1st August 2011.
 
6.6   ONE VOICE WALES – THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE
Members noted the contents of their letter dated 28th July 2011.
 
6.7   STANDARDS CONFERENCE WALES – 5TH OCTOBER 2011
The Clerk had previously circulated Members on the 29th July with a copy of RCTCBC letter dated 21st July.  No nominations had been put forward to attend the above conference.
 
7.   PLANNING
Councillor R. B. McDonald having previously declared an interest left the room whilst all planning applications were being discussed.
 
Councillor Neal Whitehead and Councillor Steve Kiff having previously declared an interest in Planning Item 7.9 left the room whilst this application was being discussed.
 
In respect of Planning Application 7.6 – The Clerk was asked to write to RCTCBC objecting to the proposed height of garage which will not be in keeping with the buildings already on site.
 
In respect of Planning Application 7.9 – Site meeting to be held by Community Council.
 
8.   FOOTPATH REPORT
Members noted the contents of the footpath report for September 2011.
 
It was reported that the gate and fence adjacent to the kissing gate by Tref-y-Rhug School had been ‘barbed wired’.  The Clerk would report this matter to the RCT Footpath Officer.
 
Councillors Steve Kiff, Shawn Stevens and Neal Whitehead asked the Clerk for copies of the footpath map for Tonyrefail & District council area.
 
It was reported that a right of way in Pretoria Road and been blocked off.  Councillor R. B. McDonald would take this matter up with RCTCBC.
 
The footpath between Bryn Rhedyn and Penrhiwfer was reported as over-grown.  The Clerk would arrange for this path to be cut.
 
9.   ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
It was RESOLVED:  To accept the accounts for payment as reported for September 2011.
 
 
10   MEMBERS/CLERKS REPORT
Once again the problem with children climbing into the Prichard Street allotments was raised.  It was reported at the last PACT meeting that children  were climbing the fence at the rear of the Community Hall.  Councillor R. B. McDonald would take this matter up with Colin Lee.
 
It was reported that the trees in Prichard Street allotments need to be cut back as they were encroaching onto the telephone lines.  The Clerk would arrange for this work to be carried out.
 
Members approved the request from the  Clerk to take Annual Leave from Wednesday 21st and would return to work on Monday 3rd October 2011.
 
11   AINON CHAPEL – DESTRUCTION OF GRAVESTONES
In respect of agenda items 11.1 and 11.2 the Clerk informed Members that she had forwarded copies of the information received from Mr. Walter Jones and the letter from Mr. Howard Bartlett dated 19th August to Councillor Eudine Hanagan and that a reply had been received from Councillor Hanagan advising that a formal request will be forwarded from RCTCBC to the Community Council for the removal of the remaining gravestones to Trane Cemetery.
 
It was RESOLVED:  As long as there was no cost element to Tonyrefail Community Council, the Community Council would accept the gravestones at Trane cemetery.
 
12.   COUNCILLORS INFORMATION PACK
With one amendment to the revised Standing Orders under ‘The Statutory Annual Meeting’ that the day is changed from Monday to Thursday the revised Standing Orders were approved and accepted.
 
16.   DATE AND VENUE OF NEXT MEETING.
The next meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 13th October 2011.
 
The meeting closed at 7.55 pm
 

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