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Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held at the Literary Institute on Monday 15th April 2024

Present: Councillors:

Cllr Brian Kelly – Chair

Cllr Sara Bradbury-Willis

Cllr Mark Dunton
Cllr Roman Hackelsberger

Cllr Ian Hewins

Cllr Catrin O’Neill

Cllr Dewi Owen
Cllr Sadie Porter
Cllr Megan Reynolds

Cllr Dave Williams

4 members of the public were present

AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies CL/163/15.04.24
Apologies accepted from Cllr Tyrrell

AGENDA ITEM 2 – Chair announcements
The Chair welcomed everyone and noted that the village seemed busy at Easter, despite the bad weather.

AGENDA ITEM 3 – To receive and confirm minutes of the ordinary council meeting on 18th March 2024.
Cllr Reynolds Seconded: Cllr Bradbury-Willis

AGENDA ITEM 4 – Matters arising CL/166/15.04.24

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M/95/(20.11.23) Village noticeboard
A quote was accepted and work to refurbish the noticeboard was approved. Proposed: Cllr Porter Seconded: Cllr O’Neill

M/128/(15.01.24) Toilets closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

The clerk had spoken to the street cleaner and he offered to look after the toilets on both days, cleaning and replenishing toilet paper if required. The clerk wrote to Gwynedd Council offering this as a solution, but no reply yet.

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M/158/(18.03.24) Playground RoSPA report
* Cllr Dunton & Cllr Hewins have not yet had a chance to fully inspect the helter- skelter due to the bad weather.


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* Cllr Tyrrell arranged for a quote to be sent to the clerk for painting the equipment * Cllr O’Neill reported that very few grants are available to Community Councils and in the past other councils have set up a social enterprise in order to be able to apply for grants. She will continue to look into funding options. She reported that the quote has reduced by approximately £11,000 due to the price of materials going down.

* Cllr Hewins has removed the ends of the concrete benches and is researching the best way to secure the benches into the ground.
* The clerk has not contacted Abergynolwyn Council yet to see who paints their play equipment

* The inside of the helter-skelter has been cleaned
* GL Jones have said they will repair the wet pour as soon as practical but this has been hampered by the wet weather
* Cllr O’Neill reported that Machynlleth sold their redundant play equipment to Dyfi Reclamation but is not sure if this company still exists.
Action: Cllrs Dunton & Hewins to inspect the helter-skelter
Action: Cllr Hewins to report on best method of securing benches to the ground Action: Clerk to contact Abergynolwyn council regarding painting play equipment Action: Clerk to get specification for paint from GL Jones
Action: Cllr Hewins to create specification for painting the play equipment Action: Cllr O’Neill to research funding opportunities

AGENDA ITEM 5 – Treasurer’s report
Cllr Owen Seconded: Cllr Hackelsberger

AGENDA ITEM 6 – Gwynedd Council report
Cllr Owen reported that there have been no meetings at Gwynedd Council due to the Easter break. He reported that a Gwynedd council worker had spoken to him last week and told him that work is planned to start on the cycle path between Caethle and the Cemetery next month. The Community Council had previously been told that funding has not yet been found, so it unclear if this will happen.

AGENDA ITEM 7 – Planning CL/169/15.04.24

NP5/50/532H Unit 2, Wharf Gardens, Aberdyfi LL35 0EE

Installation of bi-fold doors in lieu of sliding window and extending A3 use of covered area included within lease on Unit 2 for consumption of food and drink purchased from the property.
Objections raised by two councillors. Cllr Reynolds stated that Coast was previously refused planning permission to sell takeaway.

NP5/50/762 Four Winds, 3 Corbett Lane, Aberdyfi. LL35 0RB

Construction of detached garage with level parking area, formation of decking area, alterations to pedestrian access and dwelling alterations
No objections were raised, but the access problems were noted


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NP5/50/400FLand to rear of Greenhill Bungalow, Copperhill Street, Aberdyfi. LL35 0HF
Construction of 2 detached sheds to store equipment and machinery to maintain adjacent land

No objections were raised but the dispute over access was noted

NP5/50/159B 3 Melin Ardudwy, Aberdyfi. LL35 0RY

Demolition of garage and the erection of two storey side extension
Cllr O’Neill declared an interest in this item
No objections were raised
Action: Clerk to raise access problems with Parc Eryri for Four Winds and Greenhill Bungalow applications

AGENDA ITEM 8 – To note new salary scale for the clerk CL/170/15.04.24
It was noted that the clerk moved up one point on the salary scale on 1st April 2024

AGENDA ITEM 9 – To discuss and approve wording for licence to occupy the football field
The amendments to the wording were approved and the clerk to send the amendments to the Golf Club for approval.

Action: Clerk to send amendments to the Golf Club for approval

AGENDA ITEM 10 – To agree and approve remedial work to compass feature in wharf gardens
A quote was accepted and remedial work to the compass approved Proposed: Cllr Bradbury-Willis Seconded: Cllr Williams

Action: Clerk to arrange for work to be carried out

AGENDA ITEM 11 – To agree and approve remedial work to Terrace Road shelter
It was agreed to wait until Cllr Tyrrell is present to make a decision.

AGENDA ITEM 12 – To receive quote and approve repairs to the bus shelter
It was agreed to go ahead with repairs

Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Bradbury-Willis

AGENDA ITEM 13 – To receive quote and approve painting of playground equipment
It was unclear if the paint specified in the quote was suitable and it was agreed to further research what type of paint should be used.


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Action: Cllr Hewins to create specification for painting play equipment Action: Clerk to ask GL Jones what paint they use and how much is needed

AGENDA ITEM 14 – To discuss request from Golf Club to provide more dog poo bins
It was agreed to ask the Golf Club if they will pay half the cost of a dog poo bin at Trefeddian crossing.

Action: Clerk to contact Golf Club

AGENDA ITEM 15 – To discuss how to respond to Parc Eryri Article 4 planning proposals
It was agreed to write to Parc Eryri objecting to the proposals and to request that someone from Parc Eryri and / or Gwynedd Council attend the community meeting next week to give more information on the proposals.

Action: Clerk to write to Parc Eryri
Action: Cllr Owen to invite representatives of Gwynedd Council and / or Parc Eryri to the community meeting

AGENDA ITEM 16 – To discuss effects of new recycling regulations in the village
It was noted that Aberdyfi Community Council have no jurisdiction over bins in the village and they suspect that there will be teething problems initially. It was agreed to bring up the issue at the community meeting and to monitor the situation over the summer.

Action: Clerk to put on agenda of community meeting
Cllr Owen reported that there has been a lot of fly-tipping recently in the lay-by beyond Braich y Celyn Hall where the railings have been damaged.
Action: Clerk to write to Network Rail regarding the issue

AGENDA ITEM 17 – To note correspondence not requiring a decision from the Community Council
* Email regarding drop-in events on Gwynedd Council housing schemes

AGENDA ITEM 18 – Items for consideration at future meetings CL/180/15.04.24
* Water situation in Aberdyfi and frequency of burst pipes

AGENDA ITEM 19 – Items for release / Rushlight / Website / Facebook CL/181/15.04.24

  •   Article 4 proposals
  •   Date & Agenda of Community meeting
  •   Welsh Language sessions56

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  •   Water fountain
  •   Plastic Free Aberdyfi
  • AGENDA ITEM 20 – Date of next meeting CL/182/15.04.24
    Monday 20th May 2024There being no further business, the Chair closed the meeting at 8.55pm