Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held at the Literary Institute on Monday 19th June 2023
Present: Cllr. Brian Kelly – Chair
Cllr. Mark Dunton
Cllr. Ian Hewins
Cllr. Dewi Owen
Cllr. Sadie Porter
Cllr. Megan Reynolds
Cllr. Bob Tyrrell
Cllr. Dave Williams
Two members of the Public
AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies
Apologies accepted from Councillors Bradbury-Willis and O’Neill.
AGENDA ITEM 2 – Public participation
There were no questions or requests from any members of the Public.
AGENDA ITEM 3 – Chair announcements
The Chair introduced Roman Hackelsberger who had expressed an interest in being co-opted to Aberdyfi Community Council. Roman addressed the Meeting to introduce himself but due to the request for co-option being received after the publication of the Agenda, no decision was able to be taken and the co-option will take place during the July Ordinary Meeting.
The invoice for work undertaken to redevelop the Fisherman’s Compound has been received.
Clarification on the membership of the Finance Committee will be deferred until the July Meeting due to the absence of Cllr. O’Neill.
Liz Saville-Roberts MP spoke recently on Radio 4’s Any Questions programme in support of Tywyn Hospital. The Chair will write a letter thanking Liz for raising the issues at the hospital to a national audience.
AGENDA ITEM 4 – To receive and confirm the minutes of the ordinary council meeting on 15thMay 2023.
Proposed: Cllr. Reynolds Seconded: Cllr. Tyrrell
AGENDA ITEM 5 – Matters arising
To clarify the membership of the Finance Committee. Cllr. O’Neill questioned whether she was a member of the Finance Committee but the Minutes of the 2022 Annual Meeting have her recorded as a member. The recent Annual Meeting was not clear in who are members apart from Cllrs. Porter and Dunton. The FinanceCommittee should comprise of four members of the Council.
Time and Tide Bell – Enquire of Will Stockford the location of the information board and for it to be reinstated. Write to Peter Gingold for examples of other information boards at Time and Tide Bells across the UK. It was suggested a new board could incorporate a QR code to provide more information regarding the history of the bell than could fit on a board.
The Tourist Information Office are now saying that planning permission is required for the water fountain despite the Clerk having confirmed that no planning permission is required.
AGENDA ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s report
Proposed: Cllr. Owen Seconded: Cllr. Hewins
AGENDA ITEM 7 – To approve the Annual Return for 2022-23
Proposed: Cllr. Owen Seconded: Cllr. Tyrrell
AGENDA ITEM 8– To review and approve the new Model Standing Orders
Proposed: Cllr. Williams Seconded: Cllr. Reynolds
AGENDA ITEM 9 – Gwynedd Council report
Cllr Owen reported on Gwynedd Council matters as the Gwynedd Councillor for Aberdyfi. The report included:
Updates to Gwynedd Councillors on data protection matters and the need to be careful when making public statements on social media.
Gwynedd Council have discussed local economy matters and the effect on shops and businesses of the current cost of living crisis.
There has been no discussion yet about changes to planning rules regarding second homes and holiday lets but one is expected in the near future.
AGENDA ITEM 10 – Planning
Planning Application NP5/50/748 Land at Brig-y-Don, Aberdyfi, LL35 0NH Construction of a two-storey detached dwelling.
Councillors discussed the planning application at length and no objections were raised by those present.
AGENDA ITEM 11 – Correspondence
Councillors discussed the correspondence items which had been circulated ahead of the Meeting.
An additional item, received after the Agenda had been published, was an invitation to advertise in the Cambrian News. It was felt there was no benefit for the Council in advertising in this manner.
The semi circular benches that the Council supplied for the wharf need replacing and it was requested that the order be placed as soon as possible in order for them to be in place for the summer season.
The Gwynedd Council Tidy Team have made good progress on the list of works supplied by Cllr. Tyrrell.
A broken branch on the large tree close to the Neuadd was promptly attended to by Gwynedd Council.
AGENDA ITEM 12 – Items for consideration at future meetings
Aberdyfi Golf Club – the effect of coastal erosion on the sand dunes and the golf club.
AGENDA ITEM 13 – Items for release / Rushlight / Website / Facebook
Aberdyfi Food Festival
Wolverhampton to Aberdyfi bike ride
AGENDA ITEM 14 – Date of next Meeting
Monday 17th July 2023 7.00pm
There being no further business, the Chair closed the meeting at 9.07pm