Minutes – Tuesday, 17th March 2015

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN / LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 17th March 2015 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. C. Moses (chair),  E. Morgan,  M. Wynne, H. James, S. Collins and L. Hughes.

In attendance were County C. Campbell and  Mrs M. Rees (clerk).

14/67  APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. G. Davies and M. Williams.

14/68  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Declarations of interest were received from Cllrs. L. Hughes and S. Collins as governors of Ysgol Cwrt Henri and Cllr. C. Moses as his wife is a committee member of the Llangathen Village Hall.

14/69 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. C. Moses and seconded by Cllr. L. Hughes that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 20th  January 2015 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

14/70 MATTERS ARISING

Min 14/50 (1) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

A planning application E / 31647 had been received for a timber field shelter for agricultural purposes.

Min 14/50 (2) DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

Correspondence had been received in February from Edwina Hart, Welsh Government, regarding safety issues on the A40 trunk road, near Dryslwyn Square.  Most Councillors had accessed the link http://www.traffic-wales.com/Trunkroadsafetyreview.aspx and examined the results of the road safety review.  However, the clerk was requested to write again to Ms Hart and appeal to the following:

Due to fading, existing hatch markings be re-painted red

Speed to be monitored at the Dryslwyn Square junction in unmarked cars to prevent motorists warning other motorists so that a true record of speed be recorded.

It has been noted that Emergency Services using this stretch of road now use the siren as it is felt that they perceive this area of the A40 to be dangerous and requiring other road users to be aware of their presence.

Min 14/50 (3) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

Since the last meeting, the bridge had been damaged and this had subsequently been reported to CCC.  Also, Cllr. E. Morgan had met with John McEvoy of CCC at the bridge site and the damage was inspected and recorded.  It was observed that there are already “Road Narrow” signs on the approach to the bridge but Mr McEvoy agreed to arrange for additional linings over the bridge from SLOW markings and additional SLOW markings.  This work has since been completed.

Min 14/60 ( 5) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK

A lengthy e-mail had been received from Kevin Jones, Planning Enforcement / Monitoring Officer, CCC., regarding breaches of planning control and consideration given to enforcement action.  Members had been concerned regarding the different actions and decisions  taken on breaches of planning control.  Mr Jones explained that local planning authorities have discretion to take enforcement action, when they regard it as expedient to do so having regard to the development plan and any other material considerations.  The clerk was asked to reply to Mr Jones’ e-mail and thank him for his explanation.  However, it was noted that there was no evidence of the replacement of hedgerows which were planned to be completed by February 2015.  The clerk was also asked to explain to Mr Jones that it is the responsibility of Community Councillors to act on any  local information that is brought to their attention and to report any issues to CCC.  

Min 14/60 (7) ROAD CONDITIONS NEAR SUNNY BANK, LLANGATHEN

Cllrs. G. Davies and C. Moses met with Ms Ann Thomas, CCC., regarding the suggestion of providing warning signs “Unsuitable for Large Vehicles”.  Ms Thomas indicated that it might be necessary to provide a number of signs at a cost of £600 – £900 each.  Following consultation with some local residents, their opinion was that they were unaware of large lorries frequenting the small country road in question.  It was therefore felt that the report made of a large vehicle causing hedge bank damage was a one off and did not justify the cost of the signs which would need to be met by the Community Council.

14/71 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were presented to council and duly discussed/noted:

1.  BT – Adopt a Kiosk

2.  CCC – Bank Holiday Bin Collections – the clerk to display locally

 - Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People – http://wales.gov.uk/consultations.localgovernment.power-to-local-people **

- RDP AND Rural Inclusion Project Case Studies – CD ROM

- Authority’s Third Sector Funding Review

 - Review of the Private Sector Empty Properties – members discussed this matter and collectively   completed the questionnaire.

-           CCTV – http://ilocal.carmarthenshire.gov.uk.consultations/  - members were advised that they may comment on the matter via this link.

 

3.  Lloyds Bank – January Statement – £11044.50

February Statement – £10993.50

4.  One Voice Wales –  Carmarthenshire Area Meeting (28/10/14) – Minutes of meeting

   Next meeting 29/1/15 – St Peter’s Civic Hall, Carmarthen

-   Membership 2015 – 16

           -   Town & community Council Liaison Forum – to put forward at the AGM

5.  Society of Local Council Clerks – Finance Course

        -  West Wales Branch Meeting 7/3/15

6.  HMRC – Request to quote UBODS number on all correspondence

     -  Paying your PAYE electronically

7.  D Jones a A Jones – Bwrdd Hysbysebu i Drigolion ac Ymwelwyr – The clerk was asked to reply to the letter and indicate the councils full support in securing an information board.

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Clerks & Councils Direct

2.  Realise Futures – Eco Furniture

3.  Wicksteed Playgrounds

4.  Play for Wales – Play news and briefing from the national charity for play

5.  Yr Ardd

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Walk for Life – Kidney Wales Foundation

2.  Y Lloffwr

3.  Cymdeithas Rhieni a Ffrindiau Ysgol Cwrt Henri

4.  Teenage Cancer Trust

5.  Cruse Bereavement Care

E-mail correspondece

Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk]

* The Council as an Employer Training at Neath Community Centre – 18/2/15

* Understanding the Law Training at Llanerch Community Centre

* Understanding the Law Training at St Peters Civic Hall,

* IT, Website and Social Media at Civic Center, Oystermouth Road, Swansea

* Data Protection and FOI Training at Picton Community Centre, Freemans Way, Haverfordwest.

* Making Effective Grant Applications Training at Ammanford Indoor Bowls

* Chairing Skills Training at Llanerch Community Centre

* Latest Training Brochure

* Introduction to Community Engagement Training, Brecon 12/3/15

* One Voice Wales April Trainings

* Introduction to Module 7 – Health & Safety Training – Ammanford

Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk]

* Appointment of Chair & Members to Upland Forum

* Appointment of Independent Members – Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

* FCFCG Wales – January Newsletter

* Invitation to a Welsh stakeholder event on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Programme of Measures consultation

* Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People

* Draft Revised National Training Strategy 2015-2019 /

* Launch of the New One Voice Wales Website

* Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales Annual Report – February 2015

* Women in Public Life Invitation

* Government Consultation Document – Tax Devolution in Wales – Landfill Disposals Tax

* Consultancy Services Available to Member Councils

* Natural Resource Management Bulletin – February 2015

* Fuel poverty forums- March 2015

* Consultation: Evidence on the general principles of Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill

* Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales – Board Member Opportunity

* Resource Efficient Wales – Advice and information on energy, waste and water

* Come on Board Invitation

* Town and Community Councils across Wales given new advice to help residents in fuel poverty

* Consultations on Council Tax Exemptions for Long-Term Empty Homes and Second Homes in Wales

[RLGProgramme@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK]

* Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People

* Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014

Finance Committee | Y Pwyllgor Cyllid [SeneddFinance@Assembly.Wales]

* enquiry into Consideration of powers: Public Service Ombudsman for Wales

Welsh Government [WelshGovernment@public.govdelivery.com]

* Advice, Information, Funding and Financial Support for Businesses

* Celebrating St David’s Day with Business Wales

14/72 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

£

C Raymond – grass cutting village green,

March – October 2014 275.00

One Voice Wales – Membership  63.00

Clerks Expenses 124.38

Clerks Salary 266.66

Hire of Hall – Ystafell Ddarllen, Cwrt Henri 105.00

CCC – Footway Lighting Charges

1st April ‘14- 31st March ‘15         1576.36

 

14/73 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted:

APPLICANT DEVELOPMENT LOCATION

E / 31647

Hafod Organic Food Siting of a timber field shelter Land at Cae Dderwen, Broad Oak,

Robinson-Redman for agricultural purposes Llandeilo, SA32 8QR

 

Information to be requested regarding the base of the proposed shelter.

Members did not regard a 6.2 acre field and 6-10 sheep to be a viable agricultural holding.

Planning history indicated that similar structures were refused in August 2007

It was resolved to object to this application.

 

E/31612

Mr & Mrs Davies Amend the existing planning Crug Mawr, Dryslwyn,

consent (ref. E/30759) to include the Carmarthen. SA32 8RW

rebuilding of the stone walls of the

existing host dwelling and adjoining

barns as part of the works to extend

and Refurbish the house

No objections

 

14/74 COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

Cllr. C. Campbell advised members that CCC Chief Executive had made an application for voluntary  redundancy but the application had been subsequently withdrawn.

Following the announcement that CCC were looking to make savings of £45 million over three years, it was requested that £30 million be withdrawn from the reserves held.  This was refused and as a result major cut backs will be necessary and the probability of an increase in Council Tax.

 14/75 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE / DONATIONS

A list of organisations requesting financial assistance was issued to members.  After discussion, it was resolved to donate funds to the following:

 

£

Yr Ystafell Ddarllen 300.00

Cylch Meithrin a Ti a Fi Cwrt Henri 500.00

Ysgol Cwrt Henri 500.00

Llangathen Village Hall 500.00

C.Ff.I / YFC Sir Gâr 100.00

C.Ff.I / YFC Clwb Llanfynydd 150.00

Y Lloffwr  50.00

Wales Air Ambulance 300.00

 

This year, it was concluded to increase the figure given to good causes as it was felt that a too high a balance was being kept in the Llangathen Community Council bank account.

The clerk to arrange for the cheques to be forwarded to the relevant organisations.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was resolved that the next meeting together with the Annual General Meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

Signed…………………………….

 

Date…………………………………. .

Minutes – Tuesday, 19th May 2015

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN / LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. C. Moses (chair),  E.Morgan,  M. Wynne, S. Collins and H. James.

In attendance were County C. Campbell and  Mrs M.Rees (clerk).

14/76  APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. M. Williams, G. Davies and L. Hughes.

14/77  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

14/78 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. M. Wynne and seconded by Cllr. S. Collins that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 17th March 2015 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

14/79  MATTERS ARISING

Min 14/70 (1) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Correspondence had been received from Llyr Evans Planning Ltd, in response to the council’s letter to CCC Planning Department.  This was duly noted by members.  It had also been noted that the CCC website indicated that planning application E / 31647 had been refused.

Min 14/70 (2) A40 DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

A letter had been received from Edwina Hart, Welsh Government, stating that road safety work will be carried out at the above location, including signing improvements to encourage appropriate speeds.  Re-painting hatch markings will be undertaken if funding should become available.

Min 14/70 (4) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK

Following correspondence received from Mr Kevin Jones and Rosie Carmichael of CCC, the clerk was requested to reply to both noting members concerns regarding the lack of remedial work following the enforcement orders that were issued to the owner of Lan Farm in 2013 and 2014.  The clerk to request clarification as to whether the removal of hedgerows would normally require planning permission and to seek confirmation that the enforcement orders will be complied with.

14/71 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were presented to council and duly discussed/noted:

1.  CCC – Freedom of Information Act – Request for Information –  the clerk replied to this request, noting the following:

Number of declarations of interest 01/04/12 – 31/03/13 – 1, 1/04/13 – 31/03/14 – 2, 01/04/14 – 31/03/15 – 6. None of the current councillors have been on Code of Conduct training.

2.  WG – The Rural Challenge – Rural Development Survey – Members discussed and completed the survey.  The clerk to return to CCC and place the poster regarding a workshop at the National Botanic Gardens on 8/6/15 locally.

3.  CCC – Half Price Compost Bin – Crosshands – 13/5/15

4.  Lloyds Bank – March statement – £8013.10

    April Statement – £9016.44

5.  AON – Local Council Insurance Renewal – the renewal policy was viewed.

6.  Y Lloffwr – Llythyr o ddiolch am cyfraniad / thank you letter for donation

7.  CCC – Precept Advice – £2,333.34

8.  Wales Air Ambulance – Spring Raffle 2015

     - Thank you letter for donation

9.  Hywel Dda University Health Board and Hywel Dda Comm Health Council – Sgwrs Iach / Let’s Talk Health – the clerk would place a poster locally.

10. Ystafell Ddarllen Cwrt Henri – e-bost o ddiolch am cyfraniad / thank you e-mail for donation.

11.  CCC – Consultations – “Changes to library services in Llandeilo”, The possible introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders”, “Developing the Affordable Housing Plan: Your Homes, Your Future – Getting it right together”.  Cllr. H. James agreed to complete and return the form on behalf of the council.

12.  One Voice Wales – Area Meeting – 28/4/15

                                 - Minutes of Meeting 29/1/15

                     - Acknowledgement of membership payment

13.  CCC – Code of Conduct Training – 4/6/15 and 9/6/15

14.  Carmarthenshire YFC – Invitation to County Rally 2/5/15

                                           -  Llythyr o ddiolch am cyfraniad / thank you letter for donation

15.  Carmarthenshire Local Access Forum New Term

16.  Home Start Dinefwr – Launch/Open Day – 29/4/15

17.  Llanfynydd YFC – Llythyr o ddiolch am cyfraniad / thank you letter for donation

18.  Western Power Distribution – Free Parish Council Pack.  It was resolved that the pack would be best located at The Reading Room.

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Y Llais / The Voice

2.  Clerks and Councils Direct

E-mail Correspondence

Wendi Hugget (wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk)

* Chairing Skills Training, Neath, 8th April 2015

* Health & Safety Training, Ammanford. 9th April 2015

* Community Planning Training, Brecon 9th April 2015

* Community Planning training, Ammanford. 30th April 2015

* New Date – Health & Safety Training, Ammanford. 15th May 2015

* One Voice Wales Trainings – MAY

Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk

* Motions for 2015 Annual Conference / AGM

* Seminar with Julian Dobson, author of the book ‘How to save our town centres’

* The Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales Stage 2

* White Paper Consultation Events

* Assets of Community Value

* Code of Practice on Workforce Matters

* One Voice Wales Draft Response to White Paper (Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People)

* Programme 2015 for Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918

* Code of Practice on Workforce Matters

* UPDATE : Invitation to Guidance Events

* CLEAN COAST WEEK 2015: 8-17 MAY 2015

* Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2015 – Coming into force /

* One Voice Wales Response to the White Paper, Reforming Local Government: Power to the People

* Land Transaction Tax – Short Questionnaire /

* Trustee Shared Learning Seminar

* Asset transfer: everything you need to know

* Welsh Government News: Lest we forget: Communities urged to apply for war memorial grant

* Positive Planning: Planning (Wales) Bill

* Access to Information on Community And Town Councils

* Natural Resource Management Bulletin – April 2015

* Community Asset Transfer

* : DIARY MARKER: Monday 15th June – invitation to a workshop to develop an Adaptation Plan for the Communities sector

Ethics and Regulation EthicsandRegulatio@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK

* Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Act 2012

Williams, Caerwyn (LGC – LGFP) Caerwyn.Williams@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK

*  Access to Information on Community And Town Councils.  It was noted that the council were already maintaining a website where much information was being published.  It was resolved that the annual accounts would also be published electronically together with agendas of meetings.

Business Wales WelshGovernment@public.govdelivery.com

*  Advice, Information, Funding and Financial Support for your Business

* It’s Competition Time – VIP Tickets to Golf Open up for Grabs

* Special Edition – Accessing Business Finance

* Want a signed Wales Rugby shirt?

* It’s Competition Time – VIP Tickets to Golf Open up for Grabs

14/72 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared

£

D G Morris Internal Auditor 2015 – 2015 120.00

AON – Council Insurance 367.32

M Rees – April/May Salary 266.66

M Rees – Expenses  98.49

14/73 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following application was considered by the council and their observations noted:

APPLICANT DEVELOPMENT LOCATION

R & M Beynon Submission on layout, scale, Land Part of Dryslwyn Uchaf, appearance, access and landscaping Dryslwyn, Carmarthen

No comments

14/74  COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

County Cllr. Cefin Cambell advised the following:

Cllr. Campbell reported that for the first time in the history of Plaid Cymru, they would be leading the Council having entered into a coalition agreement with members of the Independent party and each party having 5 seats on the cabinet.  Plaid Cymru would lead.

When asked about the annual budget, Cllr. Campbell confirmed that this had already been set for the coming year.

14/75 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Cllr. C. Moses advised members that the committee of the Llangathen Hall were in the process of applying for grants from The Big Lottery  and Cwm Environmental.  Funding was required for windows, plumbing, kitchen, toilets and to decorate.

 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday, 21st July 2015 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

Signed…………………………….

Date………………………………….

Minutes – Tuesday, 20th January 2015

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN /LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 20th January 2015 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. C. Moses (chair),  E.Morgan, M.Williams,  M. Wynne, G Davies and L. Hughes.

In attendance were County C. Campbell and  Mrs M.Rees (clerk).

14/57  APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. H. James and S. Collins.

 14/58  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 14/59 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. M Williams and seconded by Cllr. M. Wynne that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 18th November 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

14/60  MATTERS ARISING

Min 14/50 (1) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Cllr. C. Campbell confirmed that he had been in conversation with Mr Robinson Redman in respect of the above.  Mr Robinson Redman had confirmed that all stables had been removed from the field and there now only remained one shelter which he regarded as a mobile shelter.  There is shortly to be a court case in order to resolve such matters as change of use from agriculture to equine.  To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/51 (2) A40 DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

No further information was available since the letter received from Edwina Hart, Welsh Government on 24th October 2014.  The clerk was requested to write and enquire if an update was available regarding the safety study and funding recommendations.

Min 14/50 (3) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

No information to report.  To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/50 (4) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Councillors agreed to monitor the road condition at this location over the winter months and report if the situation was to deteriorate.

Min 14/50 (5) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK

Members had studied planning applications E / 31322 and E / 31323 on line and a decision was made to object to the proposals.  Rosie Carmichael, CCC Rural Conservation Manager advised that two Hedgerow Replacement Notices had been served to the landowner and that the work was due to be completed by February 2015.  Ms Carmichael was visiting the site on 20th January 2015. To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/50 (6) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

Edwina Hart, Welsh Government advised that on inspection, the small amount of silting at the culvert was not significant enough to cause flooding.  However, the site would continue to be monitored.

Min 14/50 (8) ROAD CONDITION NEAR SUNNY BANK, LLANGATHEN

The clerk had received an e-mail from Ms Thomas apologising for the delay in arranging a site visit regarding the positioning of signs near the above location.  The clerk to follow up.

14/61 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were presented to council and duly discussed/noted:

1.  D T Davies, Berllanfach, Dryslwyn – Thank you letter for donation on £200.

2.  Dryslwyn Post Office.

3.  CCC – Budget Consultation – details of roadshow sessions.

4.  Society of Local Council Clerks

5.  CCC – Christmas Toybox Scheme

6.  Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg – Cyfarfod Agored 17/1/15 – all members were e-mailed regarding this meeting.  County Cllr. C. Campbell confirmed that he had attended the meeting which was very well represented.

7.  Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner – Survey – the clerk e-mailed all councillors and completed and returned the survey form.

8. Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner – Press Release in relation to CCTV.  This matter was discussed and members were advised that should they wish to comment then they could do so online.

9.  Lloyds Bank Plc – November – £9229.54

December – £11412.86

10. CCC – Notice of Adoption of Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan (LDP). Enclosure of electronic copy and notification of web link for further viewing www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/ldp .  The clerk to keep.

11. CCC Future Management of playgrounds, parks and amenity areas.

12.  NHS University Health Board – Notification of meetings / workshops.  Posters for display.

13.  CCC – Compliance with the Members Code of Conduct.  The matter regarding declarations of interest was discussed and it was resolved to include a standing item entitled “Declarations of Interest” on agendas.

14.  CCC – Precept advice – £2333.32

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Clerks & Councils Direct

2.  Glasdon

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Eisteddfod yr Urdd – Caerffili a’r Cylch

E-mail Correspondence

Final training modules for this period . Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 20 November 2014 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Revised Salary Scales 2014-15 – Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 20 November 2014

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Appointment of Members to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk]

Information Management Training at Park Lodge Hotel, Parc y Llyn, Aberystwyth, SY23 3TL on Wednesday 3rd December  Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk]

Effective Management of Staff Training at Llanelli Town Council, The Old Vicarage, Town Hall Square, Llanelli, SA15 3DD on Tuesday 9th December  Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk]

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Chairing Skills Training at Picton Community Centre, Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, SA61 1UG – Hall on Wednesday 10th December  Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk]

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Ageing Well in Wales /  [Ageingwell@olderpeoplewales.com] Sent: 09 December 2014 14:39 To:

Ageing Well In Wales [Ageingwell@olderpeoplewales.com]

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NJC payscales – Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 09 December 2014 15:18                        

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Fwd: Making better use of Public Assets Seminar  Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 11 December 2014 16:33

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Job Vacancies – Cynefin Place Coordinators Tredegar and Llandrindod Wells Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 15 December 2014 11:15

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Dear member, please see below a link to the information needed in respect of the Welsh Government consultation on the Draft National Transport Plan 2015.

http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/transport/draft-national-transport-plan/?lang=en

Could you please send your thoughts and comments in relation to each of the questions listed on the response form by the end of February 2015. Please e-mail these to Dr. Del Morgan at del.morgan@onevoicewales.org.uk

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Practitioners’ Guide update IMPORTANT /Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 16 December 2014 10:22

Please find attached the amended Chapters 8 and 13 of the ‘Governance and accountability for local councils in Wales – A Practitioners’ Guide (2011) – Amended December 2014. These amended chapters are extremely important and it is recommended that you study them carefully and report to your Councils on any changes you need to make to current governance and accountability arrangements. You should be aware that the audit regime for our sector is being strengthened and many of these requirements will be assessed both at the internal and external audit stage.
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Planning Seminar February 2015 Rhian L Davies RhLDavies@carmarthenshire.gov.uk]

Re:  Carmarthenshire County Council – Planning Seminar

I write to notify you that the above seminar will take place on Friday, 13th February 2015 at the Ivy Bush Hotel, Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LG at a cost of £15.00 per delegate (including lunch).

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Find grants, loans and awards for your business; Have you completed your self assessment tax return yet?; Is there an opportunity for you in the Space sector?; New Year – New Business Idea Welsh Government [WelshGovernment@public.govdelivery.com

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Don’t miss out on – Local government Finance Training at Trefeglwys Village Memorial Hall, Trefeglwys, Caersws, SY17 5PH on Tuesday 24th February -  Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 13 January 2015 14:26

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Don’t miss out on – Understanding the Law Training at St Peters Civic Hall, Nott Square, Carmarthen. SA31 1PG on Thursday 19th February – Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 13 January 2015 14:41

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NEW Carmarthenshire Park & Ride Service Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 14 January 2015 15:21

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FWD: IWM and the Welsh Government would like to invite you to a Centenary Partnership event – Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 15 January 2015 16:41 To:

Thursday 22 January 10 am – 4pm Welsh Government Office, Llandudno Junction

or

Friday 23 January 10 am – 4pm Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

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One Voice Wales response to “Planning committees, delegation and joint planning boards – WG23070″ / Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 16 January 2015 10:56

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One Voice Wales response to “Consultation on Overriding Easements and Other Rights – WG23294″ / Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 16 January 2015 10:48

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Fwd: One Voice Wales response to Front loading of the Development Management System” consultation WG 213314 / Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 16 January 2015 11:02

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Joint One Voice Wales / SLCC Event – 14 May 2015  14 Mai 2015 Tracy Gilmartin-ward [tracy.gilmartin-ward@onevoicewales.org.uk] Sent: 19 January 2015 12:18

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Andrew Deptford. Aadeptford@gmail.com – Sale of Defibrillators

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14/62 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

 

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared

£

L. Hughes – for the purchase of daffodils bulbs                                   20.00

 

D. Bennett  -  for the planting of daffodil bulbs                                  51.00

 

M. Rees – January Salary                                                                    266.66

 

M Rees – Clerks Expenses                                                                    81.70

14/63   PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted:

 

APPLICANT                          DEVELOPMENT                                                      LOCATION

 

Mr H Jones                              Retention of sheds and retention of mobile               Lan Farm, Broad Oak,

E/31322                                   Chalet and caravan                                                     Carmarthen.

 

Mr H Jones                              Proposed agricultural buildings, flood                        Lan Farm, Broad Oak,

E / 31323                                 attenuation pond and association excavations            Carmarthen

and extended storage compound for bales

(retrospective)

 

Members concluded to object to the above two  applications.

Sheds have a visual impact on the skyline and can be viewed from great distances.

The suitability of an unlined pond would require comment by Natural Resources Wales to ensure it was right for purpose.

The removal of hedgerows and mature trees for the construction of sheds and from surrounding farmland to require replanting.

Planning Application E/ENF/06870 – Jeroma, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo.  Mr Kevin Jones, CCC., Planning Enforcement/Monitoring Officer advised that the landowner has appealed against an enforcement order and therefore all action will now be held in abeyance pending the outcome of the appeal.

14/64  COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

County Cllr. Cefin Cambell advised the following:

Meetings and discussions had taken place with regard to the future of  Carmarthenshire County Councils Chief Executive, Mark James.  A decision should be finalised within the next few weeks.

14/65 PRECEPT REQUIREMENT 2015 / 2016

The precept requirement for 2015 / 2016 was requested by Carmarthenshire County Council.  Details of “Footway Lighting” charges for the financial year had been received and also details of Section 137 Expenditure Limit for 2015/16 – this being £7.36 per elector. Copies of estimated expenditure had been prepared by the clerk for the coming financial year, and circulated amongst members for discussion.

After discussing the financial situation, it was resolved that the precept requirement for 2015/16 be £7,000.  This figure being the same as that of the previous financial year.  The clerk, as the Responsible Financial Officer  and  Chair duly signed the form which is to be forwarded to Resources Department, CCC.

14/66  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1.  A discussion ensued regarding the lack of a children’s  play area within the parish.  A suitable site, the cost and commitment of the upkeep was considered.  Members chose to contemplate the matter.

2.  Sgwar Milton to Pontymeillion, near Sarnagol. It was reported that the gutters were extremely deep and therefore posed a danger to motorist should they inadvertently drive too close to the edge of the road.  The clerk was asked to report this to Stuart Quick of CCC and confirm to him that this had already been raised on previous occasions.

3.  The clerk had received documentation from Society of Local Council Clerks regarding National Sarlary Award, National Agreement on Salaries and Conditions of Service together with a model contract of employment.  As the documentation was quite extensive, the clerk will advise members at a later date.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday,                               17th March 2015 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

Minutes – Tuesday, 18th November 2014

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN / LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 18th November 2014 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. C. Moses (chair),  E.Morgan, M.Williams, H. James, M. Wynne and S. Collins

In attendance were County C. Campbell and  Mrs M.Rees (clerk).

 14/46  APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. L.Hughes and G. Davies.

 14/47  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 14/48  MINUTES OF MEETING 25/8/14

It was proposed by Cllr. H.James and seconded by Cllr. E.Morgan that the minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 25th August 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

 14/49 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. C. Moses and seconded by Cllr. H. James that the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 16th September 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

14/50  MATTERS ARISING

Min 14/39 (1) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

There was no further information to report.  To review next meeting.

Min 14/39 (2) DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

The clerk had received notification from Edwina Hart, Welsh Government, in which she confirmed that the white junction markings had been renewed.  Also, the safety study for the A40, including the Dryslwyn Square section had been undertaken.  She would be considering the study’s draft report and any funding recommendations.  The community council would be updated.  To review next meeting.

Min 14/39 (3) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

Cllr. E. Morgan had been unable to contact Mr John McEvoy of Carmarthenshire County Council regarding signage at this location.  It is anticipated that more information will be available by the next meeting.

Min 14/39 (4) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Councillors agreed to monitor the road condition at this location over the winter months.  To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/39 (5) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK

The clerk had contacted K. Jones of Carmarthenshire County Council regarding the refusal of two planning applications.  Mr K. Jones advised that it would be necessary for the applicant to resubmit two applications for all identified breaches and also certificate of lawfulness applications for buildings in situ for more that four years.  Since this notification, Mr K. Jones had advised that the owner had submitted the planning applications.  Unfortunately, no application numbers were provided and members were unable to trace the documentation on the CCC website.  The clerk to contact Mr K. Jones to enquire.

The clerk had also contacted Rosie Carmichael, Rural Conservation Manager, CCC, regarding the removal of trees/hedges.  Ms Carmichael had replied stating that the owner would shortly be issued with a hedgerow replanting notice.  To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/39 (6) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

No reply or further information available from the Welsh Government on this matter.  To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/39 (7)  OVERHANGING BRANCH – HAFOD NEDDYN / CILWERN, BROAD OAK

It was reported at the meeting that the overhanging branch had been removed.

Min 14/39 (8) ROAD CONDITION NEAR SUNNY BANK, LLANGATHEN

The clerk had received a telephone call from Ann Thomas of CCC.  Mr McEvoy had asked her to get in touch with regard to the exact locations of the proposed signs.  Cllrs. Moses, Williams and Morgan confirmed subject to their availability, they would be prepared to meet Ms Thomas on site to clarify the position of  bilingual signs “Unsuitable for Large Vehicles”.  The favoured locations were in the vicinity of the Old School, Llangathen and Chestnut Cottage, Cilsane.  Cllr. C. Campbell asked to be kept in touch with regard to this situation.  The clerk to arrange.

Min 14/40 (9) WALES AUDIT OFFICE

The clerk confirmed that following the redistribution of reserves, £30 had been credited to the Llangathen Community Councils bank account.

14/50 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were presented to council and duly discussed/noted:

1.  CCC – Code of Conduct Training

The clerk would arrange to notify Robert Edgecombe of CCC regarding the Code of Conduct training and also the number of occasions members made declarations of personal interest.

2.  Welsh Government  – Trunk Road Speed Limit Review.

This matter was discussed in detail.  The clerk to arrange to complete the questionnaire with the comments that members made.  The form to be returned to Welsh Government, Cardiff.

3.  Age Cymru Sir Gar – Notice of AGM 3/12/14

4.  CCC – Planning.  Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan – Notification of Publication of Inspector’s Report. Available on council’s website.

5.  Lloyds Bank – September statement – £9795.67

October statement – £9825.67

6.  Carmarthen Sports Personality Awards – Nomination Form

7.  D T Davies. Llangathen War Memorial.  Mr Davies had contacted the clerk by telephone and also through a letter requesting financial assistance to carry out essential maintenance on the said War Memorial.  It was unanimously agreed to donate £200.00.  The clerk to arrange for the cheque to be forwarded.

8.  Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority Draft Strategic Plan 2015-20 and Draft Annual Improvement Plan 2015-16 – www.mawwfire.gov.uk

9.  Carmarthenshire Local Service Board – Annual Forum 27/11/14

10.CCC – Seasonal Decorations

11. Society of Local Council clerks – Training and Professional Development Opportunities for Wales in 2014/15

12. Un Llais Cymru  – Town and Community Council County Liaison Forum – 4/12/14

- Minutes of meeting 30/9/14

- Carmarthenshire Area Committee – minutes of meeting 9/7/14

-  Notice of meeting 28/10/14

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Yr Ardd

2.  Clerks and Councils Direct

3.  Wicksteed Playgrounds

4.  Society of Local Council Clerks – Books for Sale

5.  Collaborative Communities – Newsletter

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Bobath – children’s Therapy Centre Wales

2.  Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

3.  Marie Curie Cancer Care

4.  Eisteddfod Genedlaethol

5.  Teigrod Tywi Hockey Club

6.  Yo! Carmarthen & District Youth Opera

7.  Traws Link Cymru – West Wales Rail Campaign

8.  Sioned Elin Davies.  Miss Davies had e-mailed the clerk requesting a donation towards her travels to Panama in order to provide medical help to underprivileged communities.  It was decided to make a £150 donation and to ask Miss Davies to provide a written report on her return and suggest that she might attend a few local organisations to give a presentation on her experience.

E-mail correspondence

Wendi Huggett [wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk]

Last chance to take advantage of Making Effective Grant Applications training at St Peter’s Civic Hall, Nott Square, Carmarthen, SA31 1PG on Tuesday 18th November – 6.30pm-9pm – Cyfle olaf i archebu Hyfforddiant Gwneud Ceisiadau Grant Effeithiol yn Neuadd Ddinesig San Pedr, Caerfyrddin, SA31 1PG ar dydd Mawrth 18ed Tachwedd – 6.30pm-9pm

 

Website/Gwefan: www.onevoicewales.org.uk/www.unllaiscymru.org.uk
Badger Found Dead Survey

Have you found a dead badger? www.wales.gov.uk/bovinetb

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From: “PublicAppointments” <PublicAppointments@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK>
Appointment of Lay & Legal Members to the Welsh Language Tribunal

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 November 2014

For further details and to apply go to http://wales.gov.uk/about/recruitment/devolvedtribunals/vacancies/?skip=1&lang=en

For queries contact Huw Williams on 029 2082 6841 or email tyg@wales.gsi.gov.uk
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Community Foundation in Wales – £175,000 GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITIES

[wendi.huggett@onevoicewales.org.uk]

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Grow Wild Wales Community Project

An opportunity to join the Grow Wild Wales community project network.

Grow Wild is awarding the second round of funding of levels from £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

https://www.growwilduk.com/2015-application-guidance

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Superfast Business Wales – Is your business ready to maximise the benefits in exploiting superfast broadband? Business Wales [WelshGovernment@public.govdelivery.com]

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R.A Robinson-Redman.  The clerk had received an e-mail request for a copy of the Councils Complaints Procedure.  The clerk had e-mailed the “Concerns and Complaints Policy” to Mr Robinson-Redman.

 14/51 ACCOUNS FOR PAYMENT

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

£

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Wreath for Remembrance Day plus donation                        50.00

 

D T Davies – Llangathen War Memorial                                200.00

 

S E Davies – Medical Student Donation                                150.00

 

M Rees – November Salary                                                     266.66

 

M Rees – Clerks Expenses                                                        79.47

14/52  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted:

 

APPLICANT                          DEVELOPMENT                                          LOCATION

 

Mr Amos                                 Single Storey Conservatory Extension           Pantybas, Llandeilo

E / 31007                                 to Front of Property

No objections

 

Thomas Lloyd                         Changes to Kitchen Location, underfloor      Cwrt Henry Mansion,

E / 31118                                 heating, repairs to stone tiled floor,improved Dryslwyn,

ventilation, new window, steps from library

to new conservatory.

No objections

 

Aberglasney Restoration         Repairing Piggeries, inserting aluminium        The Piggeries, Aberglasney

Trust                                        glasshouse and cold frames, removing calor   Gardens, Llangathen

gas tanks and constructing boiler house and

E / 31172                                 biomass heating plant. New sewage treatment

plant and resurfacing paths and car park

No objections

 

 

Aberglasney Restoration         Repairing Piggeries, inserting aluminium        The Piggeries, Aberglasney

Trust                                        glasshouse and cold frames, removing calor   Gardens, Llangathen

Gas tanks and constructing boiler house and

E / 31173                                 biomass heating plant. New sewage treatment

plant and resurfacing paths and car park

 

No objections

14/53 PLANNING PERMISSION

Carmarthenshire County Council advised on the planning decisions on the following:

E / 24195 – Proposed erection of 12 wind turbines to form a scheme known as ‘Brechfa Forest East Wind Farm’, land south of Rhydcymerau (B4337) and north of Abergorlech (B4310) for RWE Npower Renewables Ltd – permission granted.

E / 30659 – Free range chicken shed at land north of Glanmyddyfi, Pentrefelin, Llandeilo, for beneficiaries J T Davies – application withdrawn

E / 30727 – Change of use from a disused cowshed into an annexe of the existing property at Cilsane Mill, Llandeilo, for Mr Robert Harris – application withdrawn

E / 31007 – Single storey conservatory extension to front of property at Panybas, Llandeilo, for Mr Amos – permission granted

E / 30759 – Renovation and extension of the existing dwelling to include the conversion of two adjoining barns at Crug Mawr, Dryslwyn, for Mr and Mrs Davies – permission granted.

14/54 CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS POLICY

The clerk had consulted One Voice Wales regarding the Concerns and Complaints Policy.  The policy required personalising to Llangathen Community Council, this had now been completed and was therefore presented to council for approval.  It was proposed by Cllr. H. James and seconded by Cllr. M. Williams that the policy be formally adopted.  It was also suggested that the policy along with Concern/Complaint form be available on the community website for the general public to down load if need be.  The clerk to arrange.

14/55  COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

County Cllr. Cefin Cambell advised the following:

Cllr. Campbell had met with Mr T. Davies regarding the Chicken Shed application and it would appear that the Trunk Road Agency were not comfortable with the access / exit route onto the A40.  It seems that they regard the road splay as insufficient.

The chief executive of Carmarthenshire County Council, Mark James, has made a redundancy request.

Cllr. Campbell reported that there would be difficult times as the county was looking to make financial cuts of £43 million over the next three years.

The educational budget – although having been approved – was having to be reduced.

A damning  report by the WLJA made some concerning findings within the County Council:

Lack of openness / transparency during important decision making

Too few people making decisions behind closed doors

Undemocratic approach to decision making

It had been decided to form a cross party group in order to move on.

14/56  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1.  Cllr. Hughes, although not at the meeting, had telephoned the clerk asking to put forward a request for the purchase and planting of daffodil plants within the parish.  It was unanimously agreed that this should go ahead.

2.  Cllr. C. Moses and Cllr. M. Wynne were thanked for attending and taking part in the recent Remembrance Service at Llangathen Church.

3.  A discussion took part regarding the Brechfa East Wind Farm.  Underground cables were regarded as a better option than overhead cables and Cllr. Campbell confirmed that it was CCC intention to campaign for this option.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday,                               20th January 2015 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes – Tuesday, 16th September 2014

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN / LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. C.Moses (chair), H. James, M. Wynne, E. Morgan, G. Davies, S. Collins and L. Hughes.

In attendance was the clerk, Mrs M Rees.

14/36 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. M. Williams and County Councillor C. Campbell.

14/37 DECLARATION OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

14/38 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. C. Moses and seconded by Cllr. L. Hughes that the minutes of the meeting held on 15th July 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

14/39 MATTERS ARISING

Min 14/25 (1) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Councillors were aware that one shelter still remained at the above site but were unsure regarding the caravan.  As the matter was being with dealt with by CCC Enforcement Officer, not further action was deemed necessary at this stage. To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/25 (2) DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

The clerk had received an e-mail from Edwina Hart, Welsh Government.  It was noted that a study was currently being undertaken in order to identify collision patterns and this would conclude in September. Also, it was noted that the junction markings were fading and arrangements were being made to rectify this.  The clerk was asked to follow up the situation regarding the study.

Min 14/25 (3) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

Regarding the Council’s request for advisory signage at the above location, John McEvoy of CCC had contacted the clerk advising that due to insufficient verge width, warning signs to indicate the narrowness of the bridge can not be located. Mr McEvoy had offered to meet on site to explain the situation.  Cllr. E. Morgan offered to contact Mr McEvoy.  

Min 14/25 (4) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Stuart Quick of CCC had e-mailed the clerk and confirmed that areas that require maintenance patching have been identified and are currently being assessed on a priority bases against other roads.  Councillors using this area of road volunteered to monitor the situation and report at the next meeting.

Min 14/25 (5) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK

The clerk was asked to contact the CCC Planning Department and request an update on the situation regarding the two planning applications that were refused permission, E/30067 and E/30068.  Also, the clerk to contact Rosie Carmichael of CCC Habitat and Conservation Department again for an up date.

Min 14/25 (6) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

The clerk had received a letter from Edwina Hart, Welsh Government regarding the Nant Lash Culvert on A40 trunk road.  The matter was being investigated and the clerk was asked to follow up the matter.

Min 14/25 (7)  OVERHANGING BRANCH – HAFOD NEDDYN / CILWERN, BROAD OAK

Members advised that the overhanging branch has not been removed.    The clerk to follow up the matter with CCC.  Members would check the site before the next meeting.

Min 14/14 (9) ROAD CONDITION NEAR SUNNY BANK, LLANGATHEN

Cllr. G. Davies confirmed that he and Cllr. M. Williams had attended a site meeting with Mr John McEvoy of CCC.  Mr McEvoy had forwarded confirmation of the meeting together with a photograph of the proposed siting of the warning sign.  However, there appears to be some confusion as to where the signs should be sited.  The clerk was asked to contact Mr McEvoy and report at the next meeting.

14/40 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were presented to council and duly discussed/noted:

1. Age Cymru – Notification of change of address

2.  One Voice Wales   –  2014 Motions

-  Notice of Conference and AGM 2014

-  Town and Community Council Liaison Forum minutes of meeting 30/5/14

-  Notification of next meeting 30/9/14 at County Hall, Carmarthen

-  Minutes of Carmarthenshire Area Committee 30/7/14

-  One Voice Wales Courses – Training Programme

-  Survey – Council activities, the cost of products/services – the clerk to complete and return

3.  Lloyds Bank  -  July Statement – £ 8287.62

      August Statement –  £ 10354.30

4.  Change Step – Armed Forces, project for veterans covering the whole of Wales.

5.   CCC – Consultation on Charging for External Sporting Facilities  - response may be made on line www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk via Twitter or Facebook, by post or ‘phone.

6.  Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru – invitation to buffet reception on 2/8/14

7.  Hywel Dda University Health Board – Maternity and Neonatal Services

8.  CCC – Remittance Advice of £2333.34 in respect of precept receipt

9.  Wales Audit Office – Redistribution of reserves – the clerk to complete the enclosed form in order for the council to be paid £30.

10.  John Moran – Walking Well Gwendraeth Valley

11. Welsh National Marine Plan: A Draft Scope, Draft Vision and related Objectives

12. S Williams – St Cathen Church, Llangathen – the e-mail expressed concern regarding the poor state of Llangathen Church Cemetery.  The clerk was asked to forward the details to the church warden, Roger Evans.

13. Welsh Government – Support for businesses in your community

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Wicksteed playgrounds

2.  Glasdon

3.  Clerks and Councils Direct

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Shelter Cymru

2.  Urdd Gobaith Cymru

3.  Carmarthenshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs

14/41 ACCOUNS FOR PAYMENT

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

£

BDO – External Audit of Accounts 210.00

To year end 31/3/14

 M Rees  -  September salary 266.66

M Rees – Clerks expenses  81.97

14/42  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted:

APPLICANT DEVELOPMENT LOCATION

Mr & Mrs Davies Renovation and extension of existing Crug Mawr, Dryslwyn,

dwelling to include the conversion of Carmarthen

E / 30759 two adjoining barns.

There were no objections

Mr Robert Harries Change of use from a disused cowshed Cilsane Mill, Llandeilo

E / 30727 into an annexe of the existing property

There were no objections

Beneficiaries of Free Range Chicken Shed Land north of Glanmyddyfi,

J T Davies Pentrefelin, Llandeilo

For more details see minutes of meeting 25th August 2014.

Additional correspondence on this matter had been received from Dr Rhys ap Delwyn Phillips,

Dr Nia Springthorpe and Mr Adam P Springthorpe.

The clerk was instructed to submit an objection to this application on the grounds of Health & Safety issues regarding access / exit to proposed site.

Further comments to be made regarding environmental issues, RSPCA requirements, vermin potential and economic issues.

14/43 PLANNING PERMISSION

Carmarthenshire County Council advised on the planning decisions on the following:

E / 30224, E / 30225 – Proposed one and a half storey replacement dwelling (to include the demolition of the existing house) at Pigeon House, Llangathen for Mr Dick Nowell – permission granted.

14/44 ANNUAL AUDIT

Notice of conclusion of audit had been received from BDO with no matters arising.  The report was presented to council for inspection.  It was proposed by Cllr. E. Morgan and seconded by Cllr. L. Hughes that the annual return be approved and accepted .

14/45 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The councils web site was discussed and it was noted that the minutes of meetings were being displayed monthly.  It was mentioned that it would be of interest it local photographs could be added to the site.  Cllr. G. Davies volunteered to enquire in the local shop for suitable material.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday, 18th November 2014 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

Signed…………………………….

Date………………………………….

 

Minutes – Tuesday, 15th July 2014

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN / LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. C.Moses (chair), H. James, M. Wynne and L. Hughes.

In attendance was the clerk, Mrs M Rees.

14/22 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. G. Davies, E. Morgan, M. Williams, S. Collins and County Councillor C. Campbell.

14/23 DECLARATION OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

14/24 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. M. Wynne and seconded by Cllr. H. James that the minutes of the meeting held on 20th May 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

14/25 MATTERS ARISING

Min 14/14 (2) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

CCC Planning Department had advised that the caravan at the above location was currently being dealt with by an Enforcement Officer as was the remaining shelter. To review at the next meeting.

Min 14/14 (3) DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

The clerk had received a reply from the South Wales Trunk Road Agent in which Richard Jones advised that the matter had been passed onto the Welsh Government for their consideration.  

A reply from the Welsh Government stated that the roads around Dryslwyn Square were the responsibility of Carmarthenshire County Council.  It was suggested that the Community Council should get in touch with Mr Simon Charles to discuss concerns.  The clerk was asked to forward copies of letters to Mr Charles.

Min 14/14 (4) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

Regarding the Council’s request for advisory signage at the above location, no further information has been received since CCC advised that the Council’s Bridge Engineer would visit the site in order to carry out an inspection.  The clerk was asked to follow up the matter by writing to CCC.  

Min 14/14 (5) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Members confirmed that no repair work had been carried out at the above section of road.  The clerk was asked to write to CCC once again.

Min 14/14 (6) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK

Following the submission of three planning applications, CCC have confirmed that two have been refused and one has been granted.  No details have been received from the CCC Habitat and Conservation Department.  To review next month.

Min 14/14 (7) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

Following the clerks letter, advising of the problems of a blocked culvert, to South Wales Trunk Road Agent, they had replied and stated that they were unable to trace the original correspondence that gave the full details of the problem.  The clerk had e-mailed a reply to them.  However, Mr Dean, of the SWTRA, had telephoned Cllr. Hughes in order to arrange a suitable time for work to commence.  To review next meeting.

Min 14/14 (8)  OVERHANGING BRANCH – HAFOD NEDDYN / CILWERN, BROAD OAK

Members advised that the overhanging branch has not been removed.  CCC have confirmed that a survey by the County arborist has taken place and that a dangerous tree letter has been sent to the landowner on which the tree is sited.  The clerk to follow up the matter with CCC.

Min 14/14 (9) ROAD CONDITION NEAR SUNNY BANK, LLANGATHEN

Mr John McEvoy of CCC has written to the clerk and a site meeting has been arranged for Friday, 25th July 2014.  Cllrs. Mark Williams and Gary Davies have agreed to attend. To review next meeting.

Min 14/21 (2) COLLEGE CHAPEL, LLANGATHEN

CCC Planning Department had confirmed to the clerk that planning permission at this location had previously been refused and therefore an investigation by an Enforcement Officer was under way.

The problem regarding pedestrian access to the graveyard is not a planning issue and is something that should have been addressed prior to the sale of property.

Min 14/21 (3) POTHOLES IN ROAD NEAR LOCATIONS – DOLCOED, CWMHARAD, CAEAUNEWYDD, DRYSLWYN

Since reporting the road conditions near the above locations to  CCC, no reply had been received.  The clerk was asked to follow up the matter.

14/26 CORRESPONDENCE

1.  CCC – Annual inspection of Playground/Play equipment – Cost £80

2.  NHS Hywel Dda University Health Board – Information sessions to maternity, neonatal (SCBU), paediatric and gynaecology services at Withybush and Glangwili Hospitals – 3/7/14 at Narberth, 9/7/14 at Carmarthen.

3.  CCC – Consultation on Charging for Sport Facilities

4.  CCC Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan – Schedule of Matters Arising Changes – Publication for Consultation – Representation to be submitted by 25/7/14.

Cllr. H. James took away the CD for scrutiny.

4a.  CCC – Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan – Addendum to the Schedule of Matters Arising Changes (MACs)

5.  One Voice Wales – Carmarthenshire Area Committee – AGM 9/7/14 at Pontyberem.

6.  Cantref – AGM 17/7/14 at Cardigan

7.  CCC – Parking Contravention Code 26 and Code 27 – The Council’s policies on the enforcement and cancellation of penalty charge notices may be viewed on the following Council web link : www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/English/transport/parking/Documents/Civil%20Parking%Enforcement.pdf

8.  Carmarthenshire Citizens Advice – AGM 3/7/14 at Ivy Bush, Carmarthen

9.  Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner – “Be the Judge”

The questionnaire was discussed by all members present and Cllr. H. James volunteered to complete the form and return.

10. Traws Link Cymru – West Wales Rail Campaign – re-opening of the railway line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen. www.trawslinkcymru.org.uk

Members felt that they should support this campaign and therefore asked the clerk to forward a letter confirming their support.

11. CCC – Code of Conduct Training Consultation

12.  British Red Cross – Gift Aid on Stock – Changes to Terms and Conditions

13. Welsh Government – Reforming Local Government White Paper – www.wales.gov.uk/consultations/local government/white-paper-reforming-local-government

14. The Planning Inspectorate, Bristol – EN20016 Brechfa Electrical Connection – Applicant’s formal request for a Scoping Opinion – Please note the deadline for consultation responses to the consultation is 11/8/14 – e-mail Richard.kent@pins.gsi.gov.uk , Web: www.planningportal.gov.uk/planninginspectorate

15. WLGA Review of Governance, Carmarthenshire County Council – Independent review.  Any written submissions by 28/7/14

16. Ombudsman – Annual Report 2013/14

17.  Welsh Government – Public Health White Paper – Listening to you : Your Health Matters – Events across Wales – 2/6/14 – Llandrindod Wells, 4/6/14 – Caernarfon, 11/6/14 – Cardiff.

18. AON – Acknowledgement Insurance Policy 11/AC/00004012/06

19.  Thank you letter – “Pwyllgor Apel Llanfihangel Aberbythych a Llangathen  for donation

20.  Lloyds Bank  - May Statement – £8296.74

       June Statement – £8640.68

It was noted from the June statement that the VAT refund of £343.94 had been credited to the account.

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Clerks & Councils Direct

2.  Yr Ardd

3. Un Llais Cymru – The Voice

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Traws Link Cymru

14/27 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

£

M Rees – May salary 266.66

M Rees – Clerks expenses  86.40

M Rees – July salary 266.66

14/28 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following application was considered by the Council and their observations noted.

APPLICANT DEVELOPMENT LOCATION

Dick Nowell Proposed one and a half storey Pigeon House, Llangathen,

replacement dwelling (to include Carmarthen

demolition of existing house.

E / 30224

E / 30225

Members were concerned with the size of the replacement dwelling and requested that the clerk contacted CCC Planning Department requesting they carry out a site visit.  Planning Department confirmed that a site visit would be made as a matter of course.

14/29 PLANNING PERMISSION

Carmarthenshire County Council advised on the planning decision on the following:

E / 29900 – Hard surfacing of Existing Farm Track (Retrospective) at Land at Caeaunewydd, Dryslwyn for Court Henri Farms Ltd – permission granted.

E / 30066 – Agricultural Building Erected in 2010 (Retrospective) at Lan Farm, Broad Oak, Carmarthen for H Jones – permission granted.

E / 30067 – Agricultural Building Constructed in 2009 to provide accommodation for Calf Rearing and Fodder Storage (Retrospective) at Lan Farm, Broad Oak, Carmarthen for H Jones –  permission refused

E / 30068 – Retention of Pig Rearing Building (Retrospective) at Lan Farm, Broad Oak, Carmarthen for H Jones – permission refused.

14/30 – COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

Councillor Cefin Campbell had apologised for not being present but a prior engagement had prevented him form attending the meeting.  He did however provide the clerk with information regarding the Welsh Local Government Association which have been commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council to undertake an independent review of its governance arrangements.  A report should be available in September.

14/31 ANNUAL AUDIT

The clerk had received notification from BDO – external auditors – regarding outstanding points which were required before completion of the audit.  The clerk had forwarded the request to D Morris, internal auditor, for verification.  The outcome was that figures – although correct – were inserted into the wrong section on the form.  This was duly explained to Council and amended accordingly.  The RFO and Chair duly signed the form prior to returning the external auditors.

14/32  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1.  Since the last meeting, it had been reported that the “Capel Isaac” signpost – near the Cwmcrwth junction, Broad Oak, had been knocked over following a car accident.  The clerk had reported this to CCC and the signpost has since been repaired.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at  the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

Signed…………………………….

Date…………………………………. .

 

Minutes – Tuesday, 20th May 2014

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN

LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 20th  May 2014 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. M. Williams (chair), H. James, M. Wynne, E. Morgan, and S. Collins.

In attendance were County Cllr. C. Campbell and the clerk, Mrs M Rees.

 

14/11 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. C. Moses, L. Hughes and G. Davies.

 

14/12 DECLARATION OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.

 

14/13 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. E. Morgan and seconded by Cllr. M. Williams that the minutes of the meeting held on 18th March 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

 

14/14 MATTERS ARISING

 

Min 13/47 (2) BUS SHELTER AT BROAD OAK

It was agreed not to pursue this matter further and only to review at a future date should the demand for a new shelter materialize.

 

Min 13/47 (3) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

It had been observed that some of the shelters at this location had been removed but there remained one structure.  Also, there was now a caravan.  The clerk was asked to advise the CCC Planning Department.

 

Min 13/47 (4) DRYSLWYN SQUARE – A40

No reply had been received from South Wales Trunk Road Agency. To review next at the next meeting.

 

Min 13/47 (6) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

To review next meeting.

 

Min 13/47(8) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

The clerk was requested to contact Stuart Quick of CCC once again.

 

Min 13/36 (9) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK.

The clerk had been informed by Kevin Jones, CCC Planning Enforcement Officer, that the applicant would be submitting three retrospective application forms in order to retain buildings erected without permission.  Other buildings had been in existence for over four years and are therefore exempt from enforcement action.  No information had been received from the CCC Habitat and Conservation department.  To review at the next meeting.

 

Min 13/47 (10) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

The clerk to follow up the request for the clearing of the culvert at this location and request South Wales Trunk Road Agency to advise when work will commence.

 

Min 13/36 (11) OVERHANGING BRANCH – HAFOD NEDDYN / CILWERN BROAD OAK

To review at the next meeting.

 

Min 13/54 (2) ROAD CONDITION NEAR SUNNY BANK, LLANGATHEN

The clerk had contacted CCC Traffic Management Department regarding the road conditions at this location but had received no reply.  The clerk to contact the department again.

 

14/15 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were discussed and noted:

 

1.  CCC – Application for a Grant – Safe Pathways in the Community

The information was given to Cllrs. L. Hughes and S. Collins for scrutiny.

 

2.  Un Llais Cymru                  – Carmarthenshire Area Committee Agenda – meeting 29/4/14

- Acknowledgement of £61 cheque being membership fee

-  County Liaison Forum, 20/5/14 at County Hall, Carmarthen

3.  Carmarthenshire Young Farmers Club – receipt and thank you letter for £100 donation

- Entry tickets for YFC Rally 3/5/14

4.  Lloyds Bank A/C 00093142 – March ‘14 Statement – £6968.67

- April ‘14 Statement – £8883.01

5.  Llanfynydd YFC – thank you card

6.  David Cameron, 10 Downing Street – Employment Allowance notification.

7.  CCC – Clean Up Carmarthenshire Campaign

8.  CCC – Code of Conduct Training

9.  Thank you letter from Court Henry Reading Room for donation

10. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority

11. Wales Air Ambulance – thank you letter for donation

12. CCC             – Carmarthenshire Biodiversity Action Plan

13. Awel Aman Tawe – Egni, Solar PV co-operative Wales

14. CCC – Website Development Grant – Request for receipt/invoices – the clerk to forward these to CCC.

15. Ysgol Gynradd Cwrt Henri – thank you letter for donation

16. Zurich – Invitation for insurance quotation

17. Society of Local Council Clerks – Conference for Wales – 4/6/14

18. CCC – Cut Price Compost Bins – 7/5/14 – Co-op Car Park, Crosshands – the clerk to display the poster locally.

19.  WG – Governance in Small Public Bodies

20. Aon – Insurance renewal schedule

21. Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – Survey

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Prodludic Ltd

2.  Wicksteed plays capes

3.  Glasdon

4.  Clerks and Councils Direct

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Llanelli Centre for the Deaf

2. R A B I – Supporting Farming Families

3. Hafan Dementia Care, Ammanford

 

14/16 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

 

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

 

£

 

Trywydd

Translation Service                                                                    24.00

 

D G Morris

Accountancy Service                                                              120.00

 

AON – Local Council Insurance                                             367.32

 

M Rees – Clerks Expenses                                                        98.95

 

14/17  PLANNING PERMISSION

 

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted.

 

APPLICANT                          DEVELOPMENT                                          LOCATION

 

H Jones                                   Agricultural Building erected in                     Lan Farm, Broad Oak,

2010 (Retrospective)                                       Carmarthen

E / 30066

No comments

 

H Jones                                   Agricultural Building constructed in              As above

2009 – Calf Rearing/Fodder Storage

(Retrospective)

                                                E / 30067

No comments

 

H Jones                                   Retention of Building for Pig Rearing           As above

E / 30068

No comments

Mr Saraj Guha                         Lean-to between shed and already sited                    Ffos yr Esgob,

Caravan.  Resubmission E / 29353                             Capel Isaac,

E / 29993                                                                     Llandeilo

 

No comments

 

Cwrt Henri Farms Ltd                        Hardsurfacing of Existing Farm Track                       Land at Caeaunewydd

(Retrospective)                                                            Dryslwyn,

Carmarthen

 

No objections

 

 

14/18 PLANNING PERMISSION

 

Carmarthenshire County Council advised on the planning decision on the following:

 

E / 29125 – Agricultural Worker’s Dwelling at Dryslwyn Uchaf, Dryslwyn for Mr G R & Mrs M M Beynon – permission granted.

 

E / 29343, E / 28844 and E / 28871 – Cwrt Henri Mansion, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen for Thomas Lloyd – permission granted.

 

14/19 COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

 

County Cllr. Cefin Campbell advised that the Head of CCC had now returned to his post following an investigation by the Gloucester Constabulary who were unable to find any wrong doing as a result of the report given by the Wales Audit Office.

Cllr. Campbell reported that he had been chairing the “Gweithgor Iaith y Sir” and advised that a language policy for Carmarthenshire had been implemented.  A report was available.

 

14/20 GRAHAM NOAKES, PLANNING OFFICER, CCC

 

Graham Noakes had very kindly agreed to attend the meeting in order to address and discuss planning procedures.  He gave an overview of the process and also covered matters such as retrospective planning and enforcement procedures.  Members were appreciative to Mr Noakes for giving his time and felt that the discussions were of interest and help in understanding the planning process.

 

14/21 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

1.  It was reported that a number of land owners in the Capel Isaac area had received notices from CCC requesting that trees be cut back in order to clear the highway.  Tim Grant of Cefn Martin had informed Cllr. Cefin Campbell that the work requested at this location had been carried out.

2.  Concerns had been expressed regarding building work being carried out at The College Chapel, Llangathen.  It was reported that access to the cemetery was restricted by the general public who wanted to attend graves.  The clerk was asked to advise CCC Planning Department.

3.  It was reported that the road conditions – severe potholes – near the properties of Dolcoed, Cwmharad and Caeaunewydd were in need of attention.  The clerk to advise CCC.

4.  Some local residents had been making enquiries regarding the possibility of a proposed chicken farm at Glanmyddyfi, Pentrefelin.  The CCC Planning Department had confirmed that the authority had had a pre-application enquiry.

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday 15th July 2014 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

 

 

 

Signed…………………………….

 

Date…………………………………. .

AGM – Tuesday, 21st May 2013

CYNGOR CYMUNED LLANGATHEN

LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 21st  May 2013, at the Reading Rooms, Court Henry.

 

Present: Cllrs: G.Davies (chair),  M.Williams, E.Morgan, C.Moses and L.Hughes.

In attendance were County Cllr. Cefin Campbell and M.Rees (clerk).

 

13/01 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

13/02 APOLOGIES

 

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. H. James.

 

13/03  MINUTES

 

It was proposed by Cllr. M. Williams and seconded by Cllr. E. Morgan that the minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting be accepted as a correct record of the proceedings.

 

13/04 RISK ASSESSMENT

 

A copy of the Risk Assessment relevant to Llangathen Community Council was circulated for inspection by members.  No amendments were made. It was proposed by Cllr. G.Davies and seconded by Cllr. E. Morgan that the policy be continued.

 

13/05 STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS

 

Copies of the accounts were circulated and discussed for the year ended 31st March 2013.  These had been audited by Mr D. G. Morris.  It was proposed by Cllr. G. Davies and seconded by Cllr. L. Hughes that the statement of accounts be accepted as correct.

 

13/06 ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT

 

The Annual Governance Statement was read out and discussed by members. It was proposed by Cllr. G. Davies and seconded by Cllr. L. Hughes that it be approved by the council.

 

13/07 APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN

 

Cllr. M. Williams was the appointed vice-chairman and therefore it was agreed by council that he take up the role as chairman.  As outgoing chair, Cllr. G. Davies thanked all Councillors for their support over the previous year and especially thanked County Councillor Cefin Campbell and the Clerk, Mrs M Rees.  Cllr. Davies handed over the role of chairman to Cllr. M. Williams and felt confident that he would fulfil the position in a competent manner.

Cllr. M. Williams thanked Cllr. G. Davies for his commitment over the last year and also thanked his colleagues for nominating him as chairman.

13/08 APPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIR

 

It was proposed by Cllr. L. Hughes and seconded by Cllr. E. Morgan  that Cllr. C. Moses be appointed as vice-chairman.  Cllr. Moses accepted the post and thanked members.

 

13/09 MEMBERSHIP AFFILIATION

 

It was proposed by Cllr. G. Davies and seconded by Cllr. E. Morgan to continue affiliation to Un Llais Cymru and that the chairman and vice-chairman be the nominated councillors to represent quarterly Area Committee meetings and to receive newsletters, bulletins and meeting notifications etc. Also, it was agreed by council that membership to CTA (Carmarthenshire Tourist Association) be continued as they were hosting the community website.

 

13/10 TO APPOINT REPRESENTATIVES FOR VARIOUS BODIES

 

i.  Court Henry Reading Room  -  Cllr. M. Williams

ii. Un Llais Cymru – Cllr. M. Williams and Cllr. C. Moses

iii. Court Henry School – Cllr. L. Hughes

 

DATE AND TIME OF NEXT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

It was resolved that the next Annual General Meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be announced in March 2014.

.                       Signed…………………………………….       Date………………………………………..

Minutes – Tuesday, 18th March 2014

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN

LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 18th March 2014 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

Present: Cllrs. M. Williams (chair), G. Davies, H. James, M. Wynne, E. Morgan, C.Moses, L.Hughes and S.Collins.

In attendance were County Cllr. C. Campbell and the clerk, Mrs M Rees.

 

13/44 APOLOGIES

There were no apologies for absence.

13/45 DECLARATION OF INTEREST

Cllrs. L. Hughes and S. Collins declared an interest as school governors of Court Henry primary school and therefore did not participate in any discussion regarding the school.

13/46 MINUTES

It was proposed by Cllr. H.James and seconded by Cllr. E. Morgan that the minutes of the meeting held on 21st January 2014 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

13/47 MATTERS ARISING

 Min 13/36 (1) JUNCTION NEAR CROSS INN CHAPEL, DRYSLWYN

As the hedge at this junction has been cut back to the base then it was considered that no further action would be necessary.  It will be necessary for growth to be cut back during the growing season and therefore this will be monitored by members.  The clerk would advise Stuart Quick of CCC.

 Min 13/36 (2) BUS SHELTER AT BROAD OAK

No further information to report.  To review next month.

 Min 13/36(3) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

Cllr. C. Campbell reported that he had been in discussions with Mr A Robinson-Redmond who had confirmed that he would be dismantling and selling the stables at this location.  To review next month.

Min 13/36 (4) DRYSLWYN SQUARE – A40

Following a discussion regarding the safety of motorists at this location, the clerk was asked to write to South Wales Trunk Road Agency at Neath to request the re-instatement of red hatch markings.

 Min 13/36 (5) COMMUNITY WEBSITE

The web site www.llangathen.org.uk has now been established.  Members had looked over the site and were very please with the product.  Minutes of meetings would now be displayed on the site, also contact details of the clerk, councillors names and the name and telephone number of the County councillor.  A brief résumé on the history of Llangathen had been provided by Mr D T Davies.  This would now form part of the home page and the clerk would arrange with Menter Bro Dinefwr for a translation into Welsh.

Min 13/36 (6) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

The clerk was asked to write to Mr Pilliner of CCC for an update on the situation regarding advisory road width signage at this location.

 Min 13/36 (7) VILLAGE GREEN, BROAD OAK

David Rice Forestry had carried out a survey on the oak trees at the above location.  He had issued a tree Health and Safety report.  An invoice was also attached.

 Min 13/36 (8) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

It was reported that the road condition at this location remains far from ideal.  The tarmac on the edges of both sides of the road are cracking and giving way, the ditches are very much lower that the road.  The clerk to contact Stuart Quick of CCC once again.

Min 13/36 (9) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK.

Planning Enforcement Officer for CCC., Mr Kevin Jones had advised that a Planning Contravention Notice had been served to the owner.  Evidence in the form of a Certificate of Lawfulness application will be requested and also an application for retrospective planning.  R Carmichael, Habitat and Conservation officer, CCC., has advised that an inspection of the land would take place and where trees and hedges have been removed the owner will be advised of the species of plant material required in order to reinstate the landscape.

 Min 13/36 (10) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

The clerk was requested to contact South Wales Trunk Road Agency in Neath in order request that maintenance be carried out to the culvert carrying Nant Lash under the A40 Trunk Road.  It should be noted that the work will need to be carried out during the drier, summer months.

 Min 13/36 (11) OVERHANGING BRANCH – HAFOD NEDDYN / CILWERN BROAD OAK

The clerk to contact CCC regarding the overhanging branch.

 13/48 CORRESPONDENCE

The following items of correspondence were discussed and noted:

1.  D G Morris Accountancy Service – Reminder of year end accounts service

2.  WG – Draft Playing Fields (Community Involvement in Disposal Decisions) (Wales) Regulations 2014 and Related Statutory Guidance.

3.  Carmarthenshire Environment Partnership – Climate Change and Community Resilience for Carmarthenshire Future Generations -Join the National Conversation, Halliwell Centre, 26/3/14

4.  CCC – Information on Vacancy Procedure for Town and Community Councils

5.  Lloyds Bank           January Statement – £11430.19

February Statement – £9822.57

6.  Zurich Municipal – Offer of Quotation for Insurance.

7.  CCC – Seminar for Management / Maintenance of Playgrounds – Stebonheath Club, Llanelli, 11/3/14

8.  HM Revenue & Customs – Paying your PAYE electronically

9.  WG – Local Government (Wales) Byelaws Act 2012 – Implementation

10. Un Llais Cymru –   Motions for 2014 Annual Conference / AGM

Wales this Week Survey – Burial Plot Survey – the survey was duly completed and returned.

11.  Dyffryn Cennen Community Council – Petition of Swimming Pool – details were forwarded to Cllrs. M Williams and C Moses.

12.  CCC – Invitation to a Public Transport Seminar Hosed by CCC – 14/2/14 – all members were advised

13.  David Rice Forestry – Tree Health and Safety Report, Broad Oak

14. CCC – Asset Transfer

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  Wicksteed plays capes

2.  Clerks and Councils Direct

3.  Yr Ardd

4.  Second Life Products Wales Ltd

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Menter Bro Dinefwr

2.  Y Lloffwr

3.  Prism

4.  Radio Beca

5.  NSPCC

6.  Victim Support

7.  Catch Up Ltd

8.  Kidney Wales Foundation – Walk for Life – 27/4/14

9.  Blaenau Tywi – Urdd Gobaith Cymru

10. Teenage Cancer Trust

11. Cruse Bereavement Care

12. Domestic Abuse Services

13/49 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

 

£

 

Victoria Lewis Designs

(website development)                                                                      500.00

 

C Raymond

(Cutting grass on village green, Broad Oak, 2013)                275.00

 

Carmarthenshire County Council

Footway Lighting Charges

( 1st Apr 2013-31st March 2014)                                             1607.62

 

M Rees – Clerks Expenses                                                            76.24

M Rees – Clerks Salary – (February/March)                       266.66

 

Court Henry Reading Room

(hire of hall – 6 x £15)                                                                     90.00

 

David Rice Forestry

(Tree health survey – Broad Oak)                                            110.00

 

13/50  PLANNING PERMISSION

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted.

 

APPLICANT                          DEVELOPMENT                                          LOCATION

 

Ran Projects                            Extension of East Elevation and                    The Old Estate Office,

Antonios Loizou                     Creation of Covered Porch                             Llangathen, Carmarthen

 

No objections

 

Mrs Barbara Prentice              Certificate for a Lawful Development,          Castle House, Dryslwyn,

Certificate for an Existing use of 1 House     Carmarthen.

as 2 properties

 

No comments, application subsequently withdrawn

 

13/51 PLANNING PERMISSION

Carmarthenshire County Council advised on the planning decision on the following:

 

E / 29353 – To retain lean to adjacent to shed to provide clean and tidy storage of agricultural machines/parts.  To provide cover in order to extend the use of the caravan used for respite at Ffos yr Esgob, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo, for Mr Saraj Guha – permission refused.

E / 29488 – Certificate for a lawful development certificate for an existing use of 1 house as 2 properties at Castle House, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen for Mrs Barbara Prentice – application withdrawn.

E / 29274 – Certificate of Lawfulness for a garage, polytunnels, residential unit and garage/workshop at Joroma, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo for Mr John Bristow – permission granted.

13/52 COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

County Cllr. Cefin Campbell provided clarification regarding the “Review of Electoral Arrangements.”  The Communities of Llangathen, Llanfihangel Aberbythych and Llanarthney will now be combined to form a single electoral division.  The name of the electoral division will be Llanfihangel Aberbythych.

Cllr. Campbell also gave a brief report regarding the situation at Carmarthenshire County Council and the account given by the Wales Audit Office regarding two payments allegedly unlawful made to the Head of CCC.   He advised that the matter was now being investigated by the  Gloucester Constabulary. The full council meeting held on 27th February 2014 in the Council Chamber attracted some 2,700 viewers via  webcast.

Carmarthenshire County Council are aiming to cut back on costs by up to  £30 million.

When asked what the situation was regarding the Welsh Governments plans regarding re-organisation, he advised that no definite decisions had been made.

 

13/53 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE / DONATIONS

A list of organisations requesting financial assistance was issued to members.  After discussion, it was resolved to donate funds to the following:

 

£

Yr Ystafell Ddarllen                                                   500.00

Cylch Meithrin a Ti a Fi Cwrt Henri                    550.00

Ysgol Cwrt Henri                                                        350.00

C.Ff.I / YFC Sir Gâr                                                   100.00

C.Ff.I / YFC Clwb Llanfynydd                             150.00

Y Lloffwr                                                                        50.00

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Gâr 2014             70.00

Wales Air Ambulance                                              100.00

 

The clerk to arrange for the cheques to be forwarded to the relevant organisations.

 

13/54 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

1.  Graham Noakes, Planning Officer, CCC., had contacted the clerk following her invitation for a member of the planning department to attend a council meeting in order to clarify some planning points.  The clerk was requested to arrange for Mr Noakes to attend the next council meeting if this was convenient to him.

2.  It was reported that due to very large vehicles frequenting the road passing Sunny Bank, Llangathen, this was causing the hedge banks to collapse and creating very muddy and slippery conditions for the standard motorist.  The clerk to contact CCC for comments regarding signage at this location.

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

It was resolved that the next meeting together with the Annual General Meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday 20th May 2014 at the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

 

 

 

Signed…………………………….

 

Date…………………………………. .

Minutes – Tuesday, 21st January 2014

CYNGOR CYMDEITHAS LLANGATHEN

LLANGATHEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of Llangathen Community Council held on Tuesday, 21st January 2014 at The Reading Room, Court Henry.

 

Present: Cllrs. G. Davies (acting chair), H. James, M. Wynne, E. Morgan and S.Collins.

 

In attendance was the clerk, Mrs M Rees.

 

13/33 APOLOGIES

 

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. M. Williams, L. Hughes, C.Moses and County Councillor C. Campbell.

 

13/34 DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

13/35 MINUTES

 

It was proposed by Cllr. G. Davies and seconded by Cllr. E. Morgan that the minutes of the meeting held on 19th November 2013 be accepted as a correct record of proceedings.

 

13/36 MATTERS ARISING

 

Min 13/27 (2) JUNCTION NEAR CROSS INN CHAPEL, DRYSLWYN

 

The clerk had received a reply from Stuart Quick of CCC.  He stated that having discussed the matter with the Bio Diversity and Planning Departments, he had been informed that the hedge would have to be repositioned or transposed and not removed.  In order to resubmit dedication details it is necessary to advise/confirm the landowners details.  The completion of works would be subject to funding.  The clerk to contact Cllr. L. Hughes regarding ownership details for forwarding to Mr Quick.

 

 

Min 13/27 (3) BUS SHELTER AT BROAD OAK

 

No further information to report.  To review next month.

 

Min 13/27 (4) STABLE BLOCK IN FIELD NEAR RHYD YR AFON / GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

 

No information to report.  The clerk to contact CCC Planning Department to check the current position on the matter.

 

Min 13/27 (5) DRYSLWYN SQUARE – A40

 

No further information to report.  To review next month.

 

Min 13/27 (6) COMMUNITY WEBSITE

Cllr. G. Davies and the clerk had been making enquiries regarding the setting up of a website. Following an application, a cheque for the sum of £500 had been received from CCC for the website development. It was resolved to liaise with Justin Lewis of Burry Port in order to proceed with the development of website to enable the Community Council to publish information and be contactable through the internet.  Also, a decision was made that  members details held on the website would be restricted to names and addresses only.

 

Min 13/27 (8) BRIDGE OVER RIVER MYDDYFI, NEAR GLANMYDDYFI, PENTREFELIN

 

No further information was available following Mr Pilliner of CCC’, letter dated 18th October 2013.  To review next month.

 

Min 13/27 (10) VILLAGE GREEN, BROAD OAK

 

Despite the clerk contacting local Tree Surgeon in order to carry out a survey of the trees at this site, no response had been made to date.  The clerk was requested to contact Mr Martin to discuss the situation.

 

Min 13/27 (9) ROAD CONDITION NEAR GLANDDU, BROAD OAK

 

The clerk had not received a reply from Highways, CCC regarding the commencement but unfinished work at this location.  It has now been observed that the inclement weather conditions of late were causing severe ponding and there are concerns regarding the water run off.  The clerk to contact CCC once again.

 

 

Min 13/27 (10) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, LAN FARM, BROAD OAK.

 

Enforcement planning officer for CCC, Kevin Jones had contacted the clerk in connection with this matter.  It has now transpired that there may be other buildings that had not been granted planning permission.  The clerk was requested to contact Mr Jones and also R Carmichael, Habitat and Conservation officer. CCC.

 

Min 13/2 (11) RIVER LASH, DRYSLWYN SQUARE, DRYSLWYN

 

To be reviewed next month.

 

Min 13/32 (2) OVERHANGING BRANCH – HAFOD NEDDYN / CILWERN BROAD OAK

 

The clerk to contact CCC regarding the overhanging branch.

 

13/37 CORRESPONDENCE

 

The following items of correspondence were discussed and noted:

 

1.  Review of County Electoral Arrangements for the County of Carmarthenshire.  The clerk to make a note and request Cllr. C. Campbell to clarify at the next meeting.

2.  CCC – Town & Community Council Website Development Grant – payment received £500

3.  CCC – Review of Polling districts and Polling Places in Carmarthen

4.  Un Llais Cymru      -           Training Programme January – July 2014

Buckingham Palace Garden Parties – the application form to be given to Cllr. M. Williams.

-           Minutes of Carmarthenshire Area Committee 16/10/13

-           Notification of next Area Committee meeting – 22/1/14 – Llanelli

5.  CCC – Precept Remittance Advice – £2400

6.  Western Power Distribution – Invitation to stakeholder workshops with lunch – February 2014

7.  Welsh Government – Revocation and Remaking of The Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2005 (S12005/368)

8.  CCC – County Liaison Forum – 17/12/13

9.  Lloyds Bank – October 2013 Statement – £8925.09

-  December 2013 Statement – £11275.09

10. Carmarthenshire Environment Partnership – Seminar March 2014

11. Un Llais Cymru / CCC – Town and Community Council County Liaison Forum – 17/12/13, 20/5/14 and 20/9/14.

12. CCC – Consultation – Council Tax Reduction Scheme from April 2014

13. David Saunders – Swimming Pool Petition

14. Brechfa Forest and Llanllwni Mountain Cluster Group – meeting 5/12/13 – members e-mailed.

Brochures /  Circulars

1.  The Voice (Un Llais Cymru)

2.  Glasdon

3.  Clerks & Councils Direct

Requests for Financial Assistance

1.  Llyfrau Llafar Cymru / Talking Books Wales

2.  Marie Curie Nurses in Carmarthenshire

3.  Clwb Fi a Fe, Llanarthne

 

13/38 PRECEPT REQUIREMENT 2014 / 2015

The precept requirement for 2014 / 2015 was requested by Carmarthenshire County Council.  Details of “Footway Lighting” charges for the financial year had been received and also details of Section 137 Expenditure Limit for 2014/15 – this being £7.20 per elector. Copies of estimated expenditure had been prepared by the clerk for the coming financial year, and circulated amongst members for discussion.

It was resolved that the clerk should receive a salary increase of £200, taking her annual salary to £1600.

After discussing the financial situation, it was resolved that the precept requirement for 2014/15 be £7,000.  This figure being £200 less than the previous financial year.  The clerk and acting chair duly signed the form which will be forwarded to Resources Department, CCC.

 

13/39 ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

 

The following accounts were approved for payment and cheques duly prepared:

£

 

M Rees – Clerks Expenses                                             78.24

 

M Rees – Clerks Salary – (December/January)            266.66

 

13/40  PLANNING PERMISSION

 

 

The following applications were considered by the Council and their observations noted.

 

APPLICANT              DEVELOPMENT                                                      LOCATION

 

Mr Saraj Guha             Retain Lean to to shed, provide clean and                 Ffos yr Esgob, Capel Isaac,

E/ 29353                      tidy storage of agricultural machines/parts                 Llandeilo

to provide cover in order to extend the use of

the caravan used for respite.

No objections

 

Mr & Mrs C                Access road and gate adjoining U4003 road              Ysgwyn Fach, Capel Isaac,

Phillips                                                                                                Llandeilo

E/29180

 

No comments

 

Mr John Bristow         Certificate of Lawfulness for a garage, polytunnels   Jeroma, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo

E/29274                       Residential unit and garage/workshop

 

Members were concerned that an application made in 2010 -E/24078 – for change of use from stables to dwelling had been declined in 2011, appears to have been ignored.  The clerk had been in discussion with Ceri Davies and Kevin Jones, CCC, planning department, and it appears that an enforcement order should have been issued but was not pursued.   The clerk to write to Eifion Bowen, Head of Planning, CCC, expressing members concerns and disappointment that procedures were not followed.

 

 

Thomas Lloyd             Re-instatement of missing detailing to stone               Cwrt Henry Mansion,

columns of porch.  Take down and rebuild chimneys Dryslwyn

to match original detailing including brick size,

courses etc

 

No objections

 

13/41 PLANNING PERMISSION

 

Carmarthenshire County Council advised on the planning decision on the following:

 

To retain two static caravans on the grounds of the property that have been there over 10 years at Ysgwyn Fach, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo for Mr and Mrs C Phillips – permission granted.

 

To retain alterations to an existing field access (including widening the vehicular access and formation of hard standing and access track)  at land near Hafod Farm, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo for Mr Mir Hadin – permission granted.

 

To retain access road and gate adjoining U4003 road at Ysgwyn Fach, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo for Mr and Mrs C Phillips – permission granted.

 

13/42 COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

 

County Councillor C Campbell had offered his apologies for being absent and will provide a report at the next meeting.

 

13/43 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

1.  Concern had been expressed regarding the poor service received from BT following the recent stormy weather.  Lines had come down during the storms and no repairs had been made in two weeks and a further delay of another week was being quoted by the BT staff.  This meant that householders – especially in the Broad Oak area – were without a telephone/broadband service.  Cllr. G. Davies volunteered to look into the matter and report at the next meeting.

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

 

It was resolved that the next meeting of Llangathen Community Council would be held on Tuesday 18th March 2014 at  the Reading Room, Court Henry at 7.30pm.

 

Signed…………………………….

 

Date…………………………………. .