The Monthly Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday3rd March 2016 at 6.00 pm in the Community Centre.
Present: Mr R. Davies – Chairman.
Councillors: Mr T. Jones Mr A. Morgan, Mr G. Evans, Mr I Ace, Mr T. J. Harris, Mr. A. Jones, Mr D. Richards, Mrs B. John, Mr A. Bradley
County Member: Cllr D. Davies
Clerk: In the absence of the Clerk Cllr T. Jones took the minutes of the meeting
24/16 Apologies for Absence/Ymddiheuriadau
Apologies were received from Councillor Mrs D. Stroud
25/16 Declaration of Interest/Cofnodion y Cyfarfod
Ndeclarations of interest were received.
26/16 Minutes of the previous Meeting/Cofnodion y Cyfarfod Diwetha
The Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 4th February 2016 were accepted as a true record.
27/16 County Councillors report / Adroddiad y
County Member Matters Arising
15/16 (a) Aqueduct: The flow of the river Clydach was currently too strong any action to be taken thus far.
(b) Toilet block on Square – Cllr Davies reported that the date of demolition was set for the 28th March.
c) Closing of Canal Basin Toilets – – there is provision for
continuing the status quo for the current financial year.
16/16 – SWTRA. Councillor Davies reported that the underpass had been inspected and was now clear. Councillor A Jones
added that he had also met with SWTRA and that the question
of responsibility currently was unclear as to whether it was their
or NRW’s responsibility. Action: NRW to be contacted.
23/16 (b) A flyer had been distributed to the residents of Rugby Rd and Councillor Davies would visit shortly
He also reported on:
a) Legal provisions for burial – Cllr Davies reported that
residents of Neath Port Talbot may be buried at any of the nine public cemeteries. This conformed with the National Guidelines
for providing a 10 year provision for burials in the Count Borough.
28/16 Clerk’s report and Council Matters Arising/Materion
Windfarm update – Following a discussion it was agreed that the Clerk should write to Infinis in order to get a formal “letter
of intent”, from them regarding the provision of a Community
Benefit fund exclusively for the Resolven ward
Soil for raised beds – Cllr I Ace reported that soil was available
at a cost of £20 per tonne but this would not be available during the winter. A work party had met on site for the lopping of the hedge on 28/2/16 but was rather poorly attended.
A further meeting had been arranged for 13/3/16.
Gwalia Housing – a very constructive meeting had been held
with Mr Elfed Roberts on site at the old Tabernacle Chapel
ground regarding options for the use of the area.
Mr Roberts reported that Gwalia had no plans for the ground and that he would be in touch within a few weeks with a report.
Community Council Clerks were invited to an informal
meeting with NPT Leader
Cllr A. Thomas to discuss the way forward for the Community Council Liaison Forum.
Several area Clerks attended and the general feeling was that
the meetings, in the past had proved unproductive and
poorly attended. It was agreed to reduce the number of
meetings from 4 to 2, and set up a terms of reference for
the proposed meetings.
It was stressed by Cllr Rhys George that the area of
discussion for future meetings, should be strategic and
- Revamp of MUGA – it was agreed that there was no
cheap option and that grants would have to be gained in
order to proceed with a scheme. Some concern was shown
that a lack of communication might lead to similar schemes
being commenced at the same time.
29/16 To consider a security system for the equipment at
the bowling green
A quote had been received for £600 regarding the provision
of a security system at the park since the assets of the
Council are now substantially bigger than in the past.
30/16 To consider replacing rotten door and window at the pavilion
Following a wide ranging discussion it was agreed that the
Crime Prevention Officer should be involved in order to
provide a recommendation for action.
31/16 To consider purchase of soil for renovation of the
It was agreed that the soil should be purchased but the football clubs needed to provide a suitable date in order that they could carry out the work.
32/16 Correspondence Received/Gohebiaith
(i) High Sheriff’s Award – a letter had been received from
R.M Redfern, the High Sheriff regarding the successful
nomination of Resolfen Young Performers for the award.
Cllr D. Richards agreed to attend the event on 5/3/16.
(ii) Consultation – a lengthy letter regarding the changes in
the statutory provision for consultation on major projects
was read to the meeting. The Letter was noted.
(iii) Letter from Post office – a letter had been received
from Mrs R Jones the former post mistress regarding
the future provision of a post box in the vicinity of the
old post office. It was agreed that a letter be sent to the
Post Office regarding their future plans for the siting of a
33/16 Sub-Committees/ Is bwyllgorau
Parks and Environment Committee
The minutes of the meeting on 10th February 2016 were
accepted as a true record.
Action needed – the issue of the purchasing of a defibrulator?
for Resolven and its operation were to be put to the future
meeting of the Patient participation Group.
Next meeting 9th March 2016
The minutes of the meeting on 18th February 2016 were accepted as a true record.
Next meeting 17th march 2016
34/16 Chairman’s Report
Cllr Davies reported that it had been a hectic month for
him on a personal basis. He reported that both he and the
Chair elect had interviewed two strong candidates for
the vacant caretaker’s post and that Mr Phillip Payne had
His appointment was agreed unanimously by full council.
It was also agreed that a letter of thanks should be sent
to both candidates.
The Chairman suggested an advanced finance module
for consideration as in-service training. It was also agreed
that Roy Gillespie would need further training in manual
handling and general maintenance.
36/16 Councillors reports
a) Pen y Cymoedd wind farm – Cllr A Jones reported that
the wind-farm with its 75 turbines would be on line in
It would employ a workforce of between 40 and 50.
The Community Benefit provision was in the process of
being actioned with trustees appointed from within and
without the area. The Fund would comprise of two sections
– micro grants of less than £5000 and macro grants of £5000 +.
The next meeting will be held on 7th April 2016 at 6pm
at the Community Centre