Councillor Neal Francis Annual report for 2021- 2022
Well, we have come to the end of another year for Resolven Community Council. This year we started to get back to some kind of norm following covid with restrictions lifting and more facilities opening.
As a council we have a lot of successes and proud memories to look back on these include the whole community coming out to welcome home Daniel Jervis from his wonderful achievement at the Summer Olympic Games, the community council hosting the villages remembrance day service, the unique forming of the Upper Neath Valley Cluster Group which brought the 4 councils of Resolven, Glynneath, Blaengwrach and Clyne & Melincourt together to source funding streams available to both the relevant councils and local projects. We donated money to help Zoe Lake with her Christmas Lunch fund and money to Building Blocks for their Christmas toy appeal as well as eggs for the village Easter egg hunt. We have seen new carpet upstairs in the community hall as well as the attic in readiness for the community radio project. We successfully nominated Resolven Community Events Group for a High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Award for the excellent work they carry out in arranging Resolven Carnival which we all look forward to its return this year following the 2 years of Covid. With Covid in mind I am extremely proud of the touching memorial plaque we had made to those we lost in the pandemic. I think it is a fitting tribute which will be there for years to come to remember loved ones we lost. When I show the plaque to visitors to the village, they remark how nice it is and they wish they had something like this in their community.
We have continued our work within the parks carrying out regular maintenance and we all look forward to the imminent installation of the outdoor exercise equipment in Resolven Park which is another project we have carried out with use of different funding streams available to us.
I would like to thank you all for the excellent work you carry out on a voluntary basis for our community. I would like to mention Aylwin for the work he continues to do in the park, Trefor for covering as vice chair for me when I was unavailable, and to Cheryl for the excellent work she carries out as our clerk.
As we come out of a new election, I wish all councillors old and new all the very best for their term of office and remind them how lucky we all are to represent such a wonderful community.