RESOLVEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Monthly Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday 6th July 2023 at 6pm at the Community Centre
Mr. A. Jones – Chair/Cadeirydd
Mr N. Place, Mr T. Jones, Mrs R. Parfitt, Mr P. Martin, Mrs J. Llewellyn, Mr. N Francis.
Mrs. C. Payne.
County Member/Aelod o’r Cyngor Sir – Mr Dean Lewis – not present
Due to a technical error the meeting was only partly televised.
58/23 Apologies for Absence/Ymddiheuriadau am absenoldeb
Mr K. Sims, Mr P. Thomas, Mr R. Coulter
59/23 Declarations of Interest/Datganiad o ddiddordeb personol
Cllr A. Jones declared an interest in item 62/23
60/23 Minutes of the previous Meeting/Cofnodion y Cyfarfod Diwethaf
The Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 1st June 2023 were not accepted due to item not recorded.
61/23 Clerk’s report and Council Matters Arising/Materion yn codi o’r cofnodion ac adroddiad y Clerc.
The Clerk’s report was presented and approved.
There were no matters arising:
62/23 Request from Resolven Bowls for grant towards lighting
This item was postponed to obtain further clarification of request
63/23 War Memorial cleaning
The proposal to have the War Memorial cleaned and re-lettered was put forward, it was agreed to obtain quotes for the project before a decision is made.
OVW training courses
Kirstin Leckie – Muirhall – request for letters of support – letters sent
NPT – road works
Total Energy renewal of contracts.
65/23 Sub-Committee Reports
Joint Park/ Finance committees – The minutes of the meeting 8th June 2023 were not accepted due to typing error
Cllr A. Jones reported that 2 rinks will be closed in the bowling green for maintenance.
A suitable shelter/pod has been spotted in Garnant park, and the company will be contacted to see if it is suitable for our youth pod project.
A suggestion to install a bucket type swing with straps suitable for a disabled child will be investigated subject to available funds.
66/23 Chairman’s Report.
The Chairman congratulated the Resolven Events Group for the excellent carnival, and as a council we were pleased to donate £300 for a new BBQ.
Cllr Jones reported that the Melin Court Wind Farm Project prospects are looking more positive and welcomes the massive benefit it will offer the whole community to Resolven and Clyne.
As a member of the Ffynnon Oer Community Fund which will oversee the disbursement of funds they hope to expand the members of the committee to represent the wider community.
67/23 Councillors Report
A short report on the meeting of NPT PSB held at Aberavon Leisure Centre 27/6/23
This meeting was held in person to the approval of the delegates, and also since the meeting was in the Community Room of the new Leisure Centre at Port Talbot, it gave your representative a chance to take part in a fitness session prior to discussing a healthy weight strategy in NPT. Despite being quite well attended once again a number of the key members of the PSB were missing.
1.New arrangement for Public Health in the SBHB area. These were outlined and led to little discussion
2. Healthy Weight strategy – the strategy was outlined via power-point, and once again the WG has adopted a model-based strategy based on a 9 step approach to the fact that 60% of the population are now considered to be overweight. The connection between poverty and weight gain in the target group between 45 -64 years of age was an obvious one. However, the model failed to see the connection between the decline of heavy industry locally and the retention of a diet of highly calorific foods. It was also pointed out the fact that many of the population were already fit and that obesity among the young was becoming an increasing problem especially since the pandemic. The scheme highlighted a problem but offered few real solutions.
3. Progress of plan 2023 -28.
Each of the main partners, were invited to give a report though two were absent. The Environment group gave a detailed if simplistic view of nature in NPT and announced that from now on the name of the group would change from Environment to “Climate and Nature”, to make clear their main mission.
The next meeting of the full PSB would be on Tuesday 19th September, when the Freeport Scheme Status would be the main focus.
A proposal to install traffic calming measures in Commercial road was revisited, however this is something we have campaigned for over many years, without success. However we will continue in our efforts to have this much needed resource in our village.