Minutes February 2021


Minutes of the virtual meeting of Llanwrda Community Council held on Wednesday 17th February, 2021 at 8.00 p.m.

Chairman: Councillor J. Shipton
Councillors: J. Thompson, B. Haworth, M. Carroll

1. Apologies
Councillor R. Jones, County Councillor A. Davies

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 20th January, 2021
Minutes were accepted as correct.

3. Declaration of Interest

4. Matters arising from the minutes:

9 (a) Playing Field
The Clerk had made enquiries regarding the purchase of a new Litter Bin. Unfortunately, due to the amount of litter, etc. that was in the Play Area and as CCC did not empty bins in Play Areas. It was discussed and agreed to ask the same company that emptied the bins for Llandeilo Town Council to empty our rubbish bins. Due to the lockdown there are a lot more people out walking with dogs, etc. and not taking their litter home. The cost would be £52.80 a fortnight, it was discussed and agreed to ask DHL Gwynn Fencing to collect the rubbish up until the end of August. We would then re-discuss if we wished this to continue.

8 (1) Road to Llanwrda Station – Moss on Road
Due to the wet continuous inclement weather it had been impossible to deal with the moss.

8 (2) Road to Llanwrda Station – repairs to pavement, etc.
No work had been carried out on the pavement.

9 (2) Public Footpaths
The Clerk had been in contact with Carmarthenshire County Council and obtained a digital copy of the footpaths and this was now on the website. Suggestions had been received from Mr Jason Lawday as to how to take this project forward, and we should contact Mr Richard Rees, Bridgend Garage who had carried out a report of all the footpaths a while ago. It was agreed that everyone received copies of the emails by the next meeting in order that it could be discussed further.

Keep Wales Tidy – Bird Garden
This was an ongoing issue and hopefully it could be sorted soon, the Bird Garden would need to be set up before the end of March. There was the issue of lockdown, only travel if necessary, social distancing, etc.

9 (ii) Village Speed Limit
The way forward with a 20 m.p.h. was discussed, but in order to make GoSafe aware of the situation in Llanwrda it was important that as many people contact GoSafe on https://gosafe.org and report as many issues as possible. The more issues that are reported the better to get the GoSafe Partnership to realise there is an issue in Llanwrda.

9 (iv) Light at the entrance to Brodawel
This has been reported to Carmarthenshire County Council.

9 (vi) NHS awareness day 5th July, 2021
Nothing to report.

9 (vii) Dog Fouling
The Clerk to enquire about Dog Fouling stickers

9 (vii) Co-option of a Community Councillor
A notice had been placed in the South Wales Guardian but no names have come forward.

5. Reports

5.1 (b) Report from County Councillor
Absent from the meeting.

5.2 (b) Report from Cornwallis Trust Liaison
The options from the feasibility study were continuing to be considered, there were a few options. A new Constitution would be drawn up for the Trustees, they were going to consider whether it was necessary for the Community Council to have a representative.

5.3 (b) Report from Police Liaison
Absent from the meeting.

6. Correspondence
(a) Welsh Government Keep Wales Safe
(b) NHS update
(c) Connecting your local community
(d) Winter newsletter CCC
(e) A draft copy of the Code of Conduct had been sent to everyone, there were no comments to take forward
(f) Land Registry – enquiring if the Community Council owned land
(g) Gwen Clements NHS – might attend one of the Council meetings
(h) Independent Remuneration Report
The above had been sent by e.mail to everyone.
(i) One Voice Wales update – part of the report gave an update on members unable to attend virtual meetings. This was not a problem at the moment as everyone was attending unless they, of course, sent apologies.

7. Finance

Membership to HOWLTA was due in April, this was agreed at the last meeting.

The Urdd Eisteddfod was being held in Llandovery, and it had been agreed when the appeal opened that the Community Council would give two donations of £750.00 for the Cilycwm area. It was agreed to give the second donation.

The donation to St Gwrdaf Church was discussed and Councillor B. Haworth had carried out research and found many grant opportunities that were available for the Church. The Clerk to forward this information to the Vicar.

Also, the Chairman had made enquiries with One Voice Wales and we are not allowed to give donations to Places of Worship for building repairs, only for grass cutting/upkeep.

(a) Budget 2021/2022
This had already been agreed

(b) Signing of quarterly financial statements and bank statements
These to be signed at the March meeting.

10. Date of next meeting
The next virtual meeting would be held on Wednesday 17th March, 2021.