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20th June 2022

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held at the Literary Institute on Monday 20th June 2022

Present: Cllr Brian Kelly – Chair

Councillors:

Cllr Sara Bradbury-Willis

Cllr Mark Dunton

Cllr Ian Hewins

Cllr Catrin O’Neill

Cllr Dewi Owen

Cllr Megan Reynolds

Cllr Bob Tyrrell

Cllr Dave Williams

Public: Pat Hellen

Sadie Porter

Elen Worman

AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies

CL/21/20.06.22

Cllr Jones

AGENDA ITEM 2 – Public participation

CL/22/20.06.22

No public participation

AGENDA ITEM 3 – Chairman’s Announcements

CL/23/20.06.22

The Chair welcomed everyone and reported that it was good to see the return of the Wolverhampton Bike Ride which was very successful and it is nice to see progress on some of the projects the Council are currently undertaking.

AGENDA ITEM 4 – To consider applications for councillor vacancy

CL/24/20.06.22

Sadie Porter was co-opted as Councillor

AGENDA ITEM 4 – To receive and confirm minutes of the Annual and ordinary council meetings 16thMay 2022

CL/25/20.06.22

Proposed: Cllr Tyrrell Seconded: Cllr Williams

AGENDA ITEM 5 – Matters arising

CL/26/20.06.22

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M/51/(15.06.20) request for drinking water fountain.

Cllr O’Neill has contacted Refill to request an up to date quote and information on how to move to project forward.

Action: Cllr O’Neill to liaise with clerk to progress the project

M/107/(16.11.20) Subway improvements

Work has started and looks very good so far. It is nice to see Sean’s children being involved in the project as well. 

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M/127/(20.12.21) Tree by the Neuadd Dyfi

The clerk has has no news on the large tree on the road by the Neuadd Dyfi

The tree sculpture was completed last week and has been a major attraction to many people, who have stopped to look at it and take photos with it. The Council would like to thank Ed Parkes the sculptor for his fantastic work.

It was suggested lighting the sculpture, but there were concerns this might act as a magnet for people to gather at night and this would have a knock-on effect on the residents in surrounding houses. It was agreed to wait until the autumn when it is much darker and investigate what lighting it would look like with a torch. 

It was suggested buying some CCTV cameras for the area, but it was felt that the infrastructure wasn’t in place for this. It was agreed to obtain some CCTV signs and attach them to the gates around the playing field.

Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Owen

Action: Clerk to obtain and install CCTV signs.

M/160/21.03.22 Wharf Development Project

The Clerk reported that instead of a public meeting, Gwynedd Council propose a monthly meeting of all stakeholders on the first Friday of every month, starting on 1st July. It was agreed the clerk would attend these meetings and report back. It was requested that the Community Council holds a public meeting closer to the start of the works and invite the consultants to attend.

Action: Clerk to attend meetings and report back.

Action: Council to organise a public meeting and invite consultants

AGENDA ITEM 7 – Treasurer’s Report

CL/26/20.06.22

Proposed: Cllr O’Neill Seconded: Cllr Owen

Unanimously agreed

The clerk reported that she had been approached by one of the businesses in the village to find out if there is still money ring-fenced for the Aberdyfi Tourism group, as they have a project in mind. The clerk asked them liaise with her to release the money.

Action: Clerk to liaise with Aberdyfi Tourism group

AGENDA ITEM 8 – To approve change of signatories on the bank account

CL/27/20.06.22

Proposed: Cllr Reynolds Seconded: Cllr Owen

Unanimously agreed

AGENDA ITEM 9 – To accept and approve the Annual Return ending March 2022

CL/28/20.06.22

Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Tyrrell

Unanimously agreed

A concern was raised about the asset register as it doesn’t show depreciation but the clerk reported that the advice from One Voice Wales is that the register only shows purchase price. It was suggested that the finance committee to look into this, as figures that take into account depreciation may prove to be useful for the council. 

Action: Finance committee to discuss asset register reserve finances

Action: Clerk to clarify again what the asset register should include

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AGENDA ITEM 10 – Gwynedd Council Report

CL/29/20.06.22

Cllr Owen reported that there is a meeting of the full council later this week, so will rpeort next month on this meeting.

He reported that they have had information recently stating that homelessness has risen dramatically in the last few years. Currently there are 572 people registered homeless, whereas 2 years ago there were less than 200. There are currently over 3,000 people on the waiting list for housing in Gwynedd and Gwynedd Council plan to built 500 homes in the next 3 years, the majority of which will probably be in North Wales. He reported that Gwynedd Council are still giving grants of up to £35k to bring houses up to standard to allow them to be let out to local people. 

He reported that the problem of rubbish is on the agenda for the full meeting so he will be expressing the concerns of the Community Council at that meeting and will report back on this issue next month. 

AGENDA ITEM 11 – Planning

CL/30/20.06.22

NP5/50/589B Ael y Don, Gwelfor Road, Aberdyfi LL35 0NY

Widen existing vehicular access to South East corner of site and create a parking area.

No objections were raised

AGENDA ITEM 12 – To discuss use of village noticeboard

CL/31/20.06.22

The wooden noticeboard by the toilets was discussed and it was agreed that the locks need to be changed as they have seized. It was suggested that the large noticeboard under the canopy also needs to be replaced as it is a state of disrepair and to investigate purchasing an electronic noticeboard.

Action: Clerk to research electronic noticeboards

Action: Cllr Bradbury-Willis to arrange for locks to be changed on the wooden noticeboard.

Proposed: Cllr Bradbury-Willis Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

AGENDA ITEM 13 – To decide topics to be included in community meeting

CL/32/20.06.22

Topics were agreed for inclusion in the community village meeting 

AGENDA ITEM 14 – Correspondence

CL/33/20.06.22

Time & Tide Bell 

Marcus Vergette has repaired the Time & Tide Bell and has informed the council that there are many projects resulting from the Time & Tide Bell initiative, which would potentially be of interest to various groups in the village

Action: Clerk to find out more about the projects

AGENDA ITEM 15 – Items for consideration at future meetings

CL/34/20.06.22

  • Place Plan
  • Swift nesting boxes (Autumn meeting)
  • Paint flaking at Penhelig Rail station

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AGENDA ITEM 16 – Items for release / Rushlight / website / Facebook

CL/35/20.06.22

  • Shellduck warning
  • Report of village meeting
  • Osprey sculpture
  • Subway project progress

AGENDA ITEM 17 – Date of next meeting

CL/36/20.06.22

Monday18th July 2022 at 7pm

There being no further business the meeting was closed by the Chair at 9.40pm

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16th May 2022

Minutes of the thirty-seventh Annual Meeting of the Aberdyfi Community Council and thereafter the minutes of the ordinary meeting of said Council held at Aberdyfi Literary Institute on Monday, 16th May 2022

Present were :- Cllr Dewi Owen – Chair

Councillors :- Cllr Mark Dunton

Cllr Ian Hewins

Cllr Brian Kelly 

Cllr Catrin O’Neill 

Cllr Megan Reynolds 

Cllr Bob Tyrrell

Cllr Dave Williams

Public: Pat Hellen

Roman Hackelsberger

AGENDA ITEM 1- Apologies

CL/1/AM/16.05.22

Sara Bradbury-Willis, Gareth Jones

AGENDA ITEM 2 – Election of Officers 2022/2023

CL/2/AM/16.05.22

Chairman

Cllr Kelly was nominated for the position of Chair.

Proposed Cllr Reynolds Seconded Cllr Williams

Agreed unanimously

Vice Chairman 

Cllr O’Neill was nominated for position of Vice Chair.

Proposed Cllr Kelly Seconded Cllr Owen

Agreed

Planning Committee

The whole Council

Aberdyfi Advertising and Improvements Committee

The whole Council, except for Cllr Tyrrell

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Aberdyfi Literary Institute Management Committee 

Cllr Jones was nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Kelly

Harbour Advisory Committee

Cllr Tyrrell was nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Williams

One Voice Wales

Cllrs Owen and O’Neill, with Cllr Williams as deputy were nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Kelly Seconded Cllr Reynolds

Neuadd Dyfi Management Committee – Councillors with a vote

Cllrs Owen, Reynolds, Williams, Kelly and Hewins were nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Kelly

Richard Williams and Richard Roberts Trust Fund

Cllrs Reynolds (Chair), Owen, Jones and Bradbury-Willis were nominated to represent the Council, with Cllr Williams as Trustee

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Williams

Lewis Lloyd Trust

Cllr Reynolds was nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Kelly Seconded Cllr Owen

Meirionnydd Access Group

Cllr O’Neill was nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Williams

Tywyn and District Memorial Hospital Appeal Fund

Cllr Reynolds with Cllr Tyrrell as deputy were nominated to represent the Council

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Kelly

Allotment sub-committee

Cllrs Jones (Chair), O’Neill and Dunton were nominated to be members of this committee

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr O’Neill

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Finance Committee

Cllrs Owen (Chairman), O’Neill (Vice Chair) and Bradbury-Willis with Cllr Tyrrell as deputy.

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Williams

Caravan Site Committee

Cllrs Reynolds, Owen, Williams, Kelly and Bradbury-Willis

Proposed Cllr Kelly Seconded Cllr Reynolds

Re-appointment of Internal Auditor

The Council re-appointed Mr Steve Lister for the year 2022/23

Proposed: Cllr Tyrrell Seconded: Cllr Williams

Agreed unanimously

Standing Orders and Financial Regulations

The Council agreed its willingness to adopt these documents.

Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

Agreed unanimously

THE BUSINESS OF THE ORDINARY MEETING IS NOW RECORDED

Cllr Kelly took over as Chair at this point

AGENDA ITEM 3 – Public participation

CL/3/16.05.22

None was requested

AGENDA ITEM 4 – Chair announcements

CL/4/16.05.22

The Chair thanked Cllr Owen for all his hard work over the last two years as Chair and hoped he will be able to carry out the role to the same high standard. 

He noted that the Council is currently short of a councillor and it was agreed to co-opt a new councillor at the June meeting.

Action: Clerk to advertise and receive applications before the June meeting

AGENDA ITEM 5 – To receive and confirm the minutes of Ordinary Meeting 21st March 2022

CL/5/16.05.22

Proposed Cllr Williams Seconded Cllr Reynolds

Agreed unanimously

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AGENDA ITEM 6 – Matters Arising

CL/6/16.05.22

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M/51/(15.06.20) Drinking water fountain

Cllr Owen raised the topic at the recent harbour user’s meeting and was advised to liaise with the harbourmaster. He has since spoken to the harbourmaster who has given his consent to siting the water fountain in the location favoured by Aberdyfi Community Council. It was agreed to delegate purchase and installation of the fountain to Cllr O’Neill and the Clerk.

Proposed Cllr Owen Seconded Cllr Williams

Action: Cllr O’Neill and Clerk to source and arrange installation of a water fountain

M/107/(16.11.20) Subway Improvements

Sean Chambers has been awarded the commission and preparatory work has already started. It was suggested the clerk contact the lighting department to ask if it is possible to get the lighting replaced while the work is happening, to minimise the risk of damage to the artwork.

Action: Clerk to contact lighting department at Gwynedd Council

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M/127/(20.12.21) Tree by Neuadd Dyfi

The clerk informed the council that she met Gwynedd Council inspectors when they were in the village and was informed that in their opinion, the tree is healthy, evidenced by the roots pushing up the pavement, but acknowledged that this has created a tripping hazard. They informed the clerk that they do not make the decision about what to do with the tree, they only write a report and it is passed on to someone higher in the organisation, who will make the decision. The clerk hasn’t been informed yet of any decision. 

A question was raised about when the tree sculpture will be done in the playing field. The clerk reported she has not yet had a date.

Action: Clerk to find out a start date

M/160/(21.03.22) Wharf development project

The clerk reported that she has had confirmation that the contracts have now been signed and the plan is for the contractors to be on site from 2nd September. She has been promised more detailed information within the next two weeks.

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AGENDA ITEM 7 – Treasurer’s Report

CL/7/16.05.22

It was agreed to accept the report as a true and accurate report.

Proposed: Cllr Tyrrell Seconded: Cllr Williams

Agreed unanimously

AGENDA ITEM 8 – Gwynedd Council Report

CL/8/16.05.22

Cllr Owen reported that the recent elections have resulted in Gwynedd Council being made up of 44 Plaid Cymru, 23 Individual, 1 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat councillors. He reported that their income this year will constitute £136m from fees, £214m from the Welsh Government and £84m from Council Tax, with 7,000 members of staff. 
There will be a meeting of the full council next week when a new leader will be chosen.

AGENDA ITEM 9 – Planning

CL/9/16.05.22

NP5/50/ADL262B 8 Seaview Terrace, Aberdyfi LL35 0EF

Advertisement Consent for externally lit projecting advertisement, 2no. 

externally lit fascia signs, and 1no. advertisement to side elevation of building with external lighting

  • No objections were raised, but it was agreed to write to SNPA to query the removal of the render

Action: Clerk to write to SNPA

NP5/50/346E 9 Terrace Road, Aberdyfi. LL35 0LP

External alterations and alter and extend the existing balcony

  • The Council were concerned that the development is not in keeping with the surrounding properties.Action: Clerk to write to SNPA

NP5/50/695A 3 Seaview Terrace, Aberdyfi. LL35 0EE

Construction of bay windows to first and second floors to replace existing windows

  • No objections raised

NP5/50/351A 12 Glandyfi Terrace, Aberdyfi. LL35 0EB

Replacement external windows and doors

  • No objections raised

NP5/50/743 Braich Gwyn, Aberdyfi. LL35 0RD

Conversion of barn to dwelling including construction of an extension, and installation of package treatment plant

  • Concerns were raised about the difficulty of access from the main road, lack of proper road to the property, access track extremely close to the neighbouring property, lack of water or electricity. 5
  • It was agreed to write to SNPA expressing concerns and recommending a site visit.

Action: Clerk to write to SNPA

NP5/50/742 Dolphins, Rhoslan, Aberdyfi. LL35 0NS

Construction of extension, garage and terrace

  • No objections raised

NP5/50/676A Mynydd Bychan, Aberdyfi, LL35 0PF Reclad existing dwelling, erection of pergola and replacement workshop

  • No objection raised

AGENDA ITEM 10 – Cycle path update

CL/10/16.05.22

Cllr Tyrrell reported that he had spoken to Iwan ap Trefor and was told that Gwynedd Council are in ongoing and positive discussions with landowners whose land would be affected by the proposed route. It is hoped to be able to apply for funding for the next phase of the project by the end of the year. Iwan ap Trefor informed Cllr Tyrrell that this cycle path is one of their priorities due to the very large number of responses they had to their consultation. One of the main sticking points is where the path will cross the road in the area of the cemetery, but they are hopeful to find a suitable solution. 

Cllr Tyrrell reported that Aberdyfi Community Council’s project to establish a cycle path between Aberdyfi and the cemetery is progressing. Neil Storkey has been asked by Network Rail to carry out an ecological survey to establish the feasibility of the path in certain areas where it would be closest to the railway line. Iwan ap Trefor at Gwynedd Council has kindly offered to look into whether or not their own ecologists could help us with this survey.

AGENDA ITEM 11 – Fisherman’s compound update

CL/11/16.05.22

The Clerk reported that grant funding has now been approved and the work will start as soon as possible, with an end date of September envisaged.

AGENDA ITEM 12 – Playground project update

CL/12/16.05.22

The clerk reported that she has had meetings with two play equipment companies and is due to have another one in the near future. She also intends to visit a playground in Barmouth to look at their equipment and surface finish.

She reported that the walls are in the process of being painted.

AGENDA ITEM 13 – To receive and note requirements for councillor training plans

CL/13/16.05.22

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The councillors were informed that they need to decide and discuss what training they would like to do and what is needed by the council in order to improve it’s effectiveness, with a view to publishing a Council training plan by September. 

AGENDA ITEM 14 – To consider purchasing and installing Swift nesting boxes

CL/14/16.05.22

It was agreed that we have missed the timing for this year and to revisit this item in the Autumn.

Action: Clerk to add to the agenda for October meeting

AGENDA ITEM 15 – To consider supporting a group to improve the railway station

CL/15/16.05.22

It was agreed to support the resident who has volunteered to take this forward and suggested they apply to AA&I for funding if needed. 

Action: Clerk to contact the resident

AGENDA ITEM 16 – To consider purchasing a sculpture for raising plastic awareness

CL/16/16.05.22

It was agreed to revisit this item after the wharf development has been completed.

Action: Clerk to add to the agenda after the wharf development has been completed

AGENDA ITEM 17 – Correspondence

CL/17/16.05.22

  • Email regarding noticeboards and fenceCllr Owen volunteered to complete the fence and to support the new noticeboards that are proposed.Action: Clerk to inform resident of these decisions
  • Britannia Inn EmailIt was agreed that the Council cannot be involved in any disputes between the Britannia Inn and others as they are potentially matters for the police and / or trading standards and / or licensing authorities.
  • Email concerning queues on the pavementIt was agreed this is a matter for the police and anyone concerned about the issue should contact the police.Action: Clerk to reply to the email with this information
  • Jubilee Pageant InformationThe clerk reported that all members of the council have been invited to tea and cakes after the Pageant finishes.7
  • CCTV lease end dateThe Clerk reported that she has received notification that the lease for the CCTV system ends in September. It was agreed not to continue with the
      Action: Chair and Clerk to research a new system
    • ContainerThe clerk reported that she has had confirmation from One Voice Wales that only minutes, financial records and leases must be kept in hard copy form, eliminating the need to purchase a container. Cllrs Tyrrell and Owen offered to help the clerk sift the paperwork in the office.Action: Cllrs Tyrrell, Owen and the clerk to sift paperwork

    AGENDA ITEM 18 – Items for consideration at future meetings / urgent business

    CL/18/16.05.22

    • Place plan
    • Training plan for councillors
    • Co-option of new councillorIt was agreed that a village meeting needs to happen ASAP, to inform residents of all the projects that are happing in the village, with a separate meeting for the Wharf development project, once the finer details have been agreed. It was agreed to delegate this to Cllr O’Neill and the ClerkAction: Cllr O’Neill and the clerk to arrange a date for a village meeting as soon as possible

    AGENDA ITEM 19 – Items for release / Rushlight / Website / Facebook

    CL/19/16.05.22

    • List of councillors
    • Projects the council are involved in
    • Sec / treasurer role for Institute
    • Jubilee events
    • Wolverhampton bike ride
    • Wharf development update
    • Village meeting 

    AGENDA ITEM 20 – Date of Next meeting

    CL/20/16.05.22

    Monday 20th June and 18th July at 7pm

    There being no further business, the meeting closed at 10.05pm.

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    21st March 2022

    Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held at the Neuadd Dyfi on Monday 21st March 2022

    Present: Cllr Dewi Owen – Chair

    Councillors:

    Cllr Sara Bradbury-Willis

    Cllr Gareth Jones

    Cllr Brian Kelly

    Cllr Megan Reynolds

    Cllr Dave Williams

    Public: Pat Hellen

    AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies

    CL/165/21.03.22

    Cllrs O’Neill, Owens, Tyrrell & Worman

    AGENDA ITEM 2 – Public participation

    CL/166/21.03.22

    No public participation

    AGENDA ITEM 3 – Chairman’s Announcements

    CL/167/21.03.22

    The Chair welcomed everyone to the last meeting of this council. He reminded the council that we are very fortunate here in Wales and we send our condolences and thoughts to everyone who is affected by the war in Ukraine. We hope the negotiations succeed and a peaceful resolution is found very soon.

    AGENDA ITEM 4 – To receive and confirm minutes of meeting 17th January 2022

    CL/168/21.03.22

    Proposed: Cllr Reynolds Seconded: Cllr Williams

    AGENDA ITEM 5 – Matters arising

    CL/169/21.03.22

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    M/117/20.12.21 Community Needs Survey

    The clerk has received information about what is involved in a Place Plan and will put it on the agenda for a future meeting after May.

    Action: Clerk to put on agenda after May

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    M/51/(15.06.20) request for drinking water fountain.

    The clerk has received an email from Barry Davies, suggesting we arrange it with the local harbour-master. She has spoken to the harbourmaster and he has no objections to siting the water-fountain where we want it. The Chair suggested he take it to the harbour users meeting next week to see if the project can be moved forward.

    Action: Chair to discuss the project at the harbour-users meeting.

    M/107/(16.11.20) Subway improvements

    Cllr Bradbury-Willis presented a press release asking for commissions. The Clerk reported that she has had approval from the lighting department for the project. It was agreed to put the press -release out as soon as possible. 

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    Action: Cllr Bradbury-Willis and the Clerk to advertise for submissions for commissions.

    Action: Working group of Cllrs Bradbury-Willis, Reynolds, Jones and Kelly to review submissions and make a recommendation to the full council at the May meeting.

    M/56/(19.07.21) Parking problems on Seaview Terrace

    Cllr Reynolds informed the council that a new traffic officer has been appointed and an assessment will be carried out soon. The Chair reported that he has been approached by residents of Maes Newydd, requesting residents parking there. 

    M/97/(20.10.21) Tywyn Minor Injuries Unit

    Cllr Reynolds informed the Council that she has a meeting next week with BCUHB. She has been told that there have been no applications for the GP posts. She has also been told that there is a possibility that the remaining dentist in Tywyn may be based in the hospital in future, as she doesn’t want to run her own business.

    M/106/(15.11.21) Gwynedd Council Report

    It was noted that the trailer is still outside Bryn Gwylan bungalows and this is now an issue that Adra needs to address. 

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    M/127/(20.12.21) Items for consideration at future meetings – Tree by Neuadd Dyfi bus stop

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    M/160/21.03.22 Wharf Development Project

    The Clerk reported that the Welsh Government have approved the cost / benefit analysis and should have signed off the money for the project last week, but has been unable to verify this with Gwynedd Consultancy as she has been unable to contact them. 

    AGENDA ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

    CL/170/21.03.22

    Proposed: Cllr Kelly Seconded: Cllr Jones

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 7 – To note new pay-scales agreed by NJC for 2021-2022

    CL/171/21.03.22

    The clerk presented the pay-scales agreed by the NJC at the beginning of March, which are to be implemented from 1st April 2021 and reported that the pay scales for 2022-2023, which will be implemented from 1st April 2022, has not yet been agreed so any increase will be backdated to 1st April this year. The Chair reported that the Clerk had an appraisal with himself and Cllr Kelly.

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    AGENDA ITEM 8 – Gwynedd Council Report

    CL/172/21.03.22

    The Chair reported that there was a meeting of the full council last week. 

    There was a long discussion on increasing council tax and it was agreed to increase it by 2.9%, equating to an extra 84p per week for a Band D property. The vote was 36 for and 30 against the increase. 

    He reported that most staff have moved back to office working from 7th March. 

    From September, all school meals will be free and travel between Aberdyfi, Tywyn etc. will be free for those attending Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. 

    Gwynedd Council will have an extra £6.7million from the Welsh Government this year and they confirmed that they do not have any money in Russia, though they do occasionally invest money for short periods (6 -1 0 months) abroad elsewhere.

    He met with the South Snowdonia National Access Forum and reported that there are a lot more people reported to be walking the coastal path and as a result, more money is going to be spent maintaining the furniture on the path. There are still problems with off-road vehicles and they are spending money on repairing the damage caused but there is now an increasing problem of off-road motorbikes causing a lot of damage.

    AGENDA ITEM 9 – Planning

    CL/173/21.03.22

    NP5/50/109J Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdyfi LL35 0NR 

    Alterations to roof 

    Cllrs Kelly, Owen, Williams and Reynolds declared an interest in this agenda item.

    No objections were raised.

    NP5/50/L228A Hafn, Aberdyfi LL35 0LT 

    Alterations, including installation of roof lights and replacement of windows and doors 

    No objections were raised.

    AGENDA ITEM 10 – To delegate powers to the Chair and Clerk until May meeting

    CL/174/21.03.22

    Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

    AGENDA ITEM 11 – To consider maintenance of Anne Roberts’ memorial

    CL/175/21.03.22

    The Clerk reported that this memorial is not maintained by the Trust. It was agreed to fund up to 50% of the cost.

    Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

    Action: Clerk to inform Gwynedd Council

    AGENDA ITEM 12. – To consider purchase of Queen’s Jubilee Bench

    CL/176/21.03.22

    It was agreed to purchase a bench and position it in the lay-by opposite St. Peter’s Church.

    Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Jones

    Unanimously approved

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    AGENDA ITEM 13 – Correspondence

    CL/177/21.03.22

    * Email proposing project group for railway station

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Items for consideration at future meetings

    CL/178/21.03.22

    • Place Plan
    • Swift nesting boxes
    • Cycle path update
    • Group to raise awareness of cycling / walking in the local area
    • Wharf Development
    • Picnic Island Bridge
    • Sculpture for collecting plastic
    • Proposed group to improve railway station

    AGENDA ITEM 15 – Items for release / Rushlight / website / Facebook

    CL/179/21.03.22

    • Elections

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Date of next meeting

    CL/180/21.03.22

    Monday 16th May 2022 at 7pm

    There being no further business the meeting was closed by the Chair at 8.30pm

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    21st February 2022

    Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held at the Neuadd Dyfi on Monday 21st February 2022

    Present: Cllr Dewi Owen – Chair

    Councillors:

    Cllr Sara Bradbury-Willis

    Cllr Gareth Jones

    Cllr Brian Kelly

    Cllr Catrin O’Neill

    Cllr Dai Owens

    Cllr Megan Reynolds

    Cllr Bob Tyrrell

    Cllr Dave Williams

    Public: Pat Hellen

    AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies

    CL/147/21.02.22

    Cllr Worman

    AGENDA ITEM 2 – Public participation

    CL/148/21.02.22

    No public participation

    AGENDA ITEM 3 – Chairman’s Announcements

    CL/149/21.02.22

    The Chair welcomed everyone to the first face to face meeting in almost 2 years. He extended his condolences on behalf of the council to Cllr Jones and his family on the death of his father last week. 

    AGENDA ITEM 4 – To receive and confirm minutes of meeting 17th January 2022

    CL/150/21.02.22

    Proposed: Cllr William Seconded: Cllr Tyrrell

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 5 – Matters arising

    CL/151/21.02.22

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    M/117/20.12.21 Community Needs Survey

    It was agreed that Cllr O’Neill would ask someone with knowledge of Place Plans to attend a council meeting to explain about what is involved

    Action: Cllr O’Neill to source a speaker

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    M/51/(15.06.20) request for drinking water fountain.

    The clerk is still waiting for a reply from Mr. Jones at Snowdonia National Park.

    Action: Clerk to contact him again

    M/107/(16.11.20) Subway improvements

    The Clerk reported that the mural in Dolgellau at Ty Siamas cost approx. £1,500 and took 3 days. Cllr Bradbury-Willis presented some figures from an artist, which were roughly the same cost, though suggested the subway would take 6 days, so would probably cost in the region of £3,000.

    The clerk reported that she still hasn’t heard from the lighting department with permission to go ahead with the project and reminded the council that this needs to be in place before publishing a press-release.

    Action: Cllr Bradbury-Willis to put together a press release asking for commissions and send to the clerk.

    Action: Clerk to contact lighting department again. 

    Action: Clerk to put on agenda for next month

    M/56/(19.07.21) Parking problems on Seaview Terrace

    Cllr Reynolds informed the council that she is waiting to hear from the parking department of Gwynedd Council.

    M/97/(20.10.21) Tywyn Minor Injuries Unit

    Cllr Reynolds informed the Council that she has a meeting next week with BCUHB.

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    M/106/(15.11.21) Gwynedd Council Report

    The Clerk reported that Sean Wilkes of the highway department at Gwynedd Council found the owner of the trailer at Bryn Gwylan and asked them to move it. This has now been done and the trailer is now outside Bryn Gwylan bungalows.

    M/108/(15.11.21) To consider purchasing extra waste bins

    The Chair reported that Cllr Kelly, the clerk and himself met with David Williams and Caron Jones of Gwynedd Council last Thursday. It was agreed to move the large bins opposite the chemist to the area by the fire station and replace them with recycling and general waste bins. More recycling and general waste bins will be put along the side of the car park closest to the sea and the existing ones will have new stickers, making it clearer what should be put in there. The small bins in the car park will be replaced with ones with a flap on them to deter seagulls. The brown bins and mixed green and brown bins on the wharf gardens will be replaced with just green ones.

    Cllr Owens asked if it would be possible to have the recycling bins by the sea turned round so they face the sea, as people currently have to walk into the car park in order to use the bins. Cllr Tyrrell asked if it would be possible to get stickers to put on brown bins stating for garden waste only.

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    It was agreed to ask Steffan Jones to attend one of our meetings remotely.

    Action: Clerk to contact Gwynedd Council to request stickers and ask if possible to have bins facing the sea. 

    M/42/(21.06.21) Purchase of bollards for Neuadd Dyfi car park

    The bollards have been delivered and Clerk is waiting for Geri Davies to confirm a date when he will install them.

    M/127/(20.12.21) Items for consideration at future meetings

    • Clerk has emailed Gwynedd Council asking for the hedge to be cut back between Outward Bound and Picnic Island, but has not heard back

    Action: Clerk to contact network Rail

    • Clerk emailed Gwynedd Council asking for their plans for the large tree at the bus stop by the Neuadd Dyfi, as several motorhome owners have moved their vehicles from under the tree as they are concerned about the tree falling on their vehicles. 

    Action: Clerk to contact Gwynedd Council again

    AGENDA ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

    CL/152/21.02.22

    Proposed: Cllr Bradbury-Willis Seconded: Cllr O’Neill

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 7 – Gwynedd Council Report

    CL/153/21.02.22

    The Chair reported that the rail line to Pwllheli will be closed again this year between September and December to allow metalwork repairs to be carried out on Barmouth bridge. The work so far has cost £18 million and the metalwork is estimated to cost £12 million. 

    The Chair reported that next week a contractor will be working in the village to cut back hedges and growth that is obstructing paths and roads at various points round the village. 

    A question was raised about the safety of the tree by the Neuadd Dyfi bus stop. The clerk has already reported it to Gwynedd Council on several occasions but has not had any response.

    Action: Clerk to contact Gwynedd again

    It was reported that a drain on Balkan Hill is blocked, causing flooding on the road. It has already been reported to Gwynedd Council, but no response has been forthcoming.

    Action: Clerk to report it to Gwynedd Council again

    It was noted that the ‘Don’t Feed the seagulls’ signs are old and faded and it was agreed to ask for Gwynedd Council to replace them.

    Action: Clerk to contact Gwynedd Council

    AGENDA ITEM 8 – Planning

    CL/154/21.02.22

    NP5/50/740 Morwel, Aberdyfi LL35 0NT

    Removal of chimney stack, installation of rooflights and dormers & construction of building with terrace above terrace

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    NP5/50/631A 15 Treflan, Aberdyfi LL35 0PN

    Demolish garage and construction of extension including terrace

    No objections were raised to either application

    AGENDA ITEM 9 – To consider maintenance of Anne Roberts’ memorial

    CL/155/21.02.22

    It was agreed to find out more about this memorial before committing to spending money on it. It was suggested it might be maintained by the Richard Roberts Trust.

    Action: Clerk to find out more about the memorial and if it is maintained by the Trust.

    Action: Clerk to put on agenda for next month

    AGENDA ITEM 10 – To adopt NJC agreement on clerk’s pay & conditions

    CL/156/21.02.22

    It was agreed to adopt the agreement.

    Proposed: Cllr Bradbury-Willis Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

    Unanimously approved

    AGENDA ITEM 11 – To consider purchase of storage container

    CL/157/21.02.22

    Cllr Williams suggested that the amount of paperwork and equipment needing to be stored be checked before a container is bought as it may be that a container is no longer needed.

    Action: Clerk to ask One Voice Wales how long paperwork needs to be kept

    Action: Clerk to find out exactly how much equipment needs to be stored and find out from Mr. George what his plans are for the storage unit where the kitchen is currently kept.

    AGENDA ITEM 12 – To discuss Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

    CL/158/21.02.22

    Cllr Jones informed the council that the Fire service will create a beacon for the Thursday evening and Cllr Kelly informed the council that the AA&I will proved fireworks on the Saturday night. As there are a lot of trees already being planted in the village, it was agreed to buy a Queen’s Green Canopy A4 plaque at a cost of £155 + p&p and Cllr Bradbury-Willis offered to research a biodiverse specimen tree. 

    The clerk informed the council that the yacht club plan to have a sail-past around high water on the Sunday.

    It was agreed to put an item in Rushlight offering support to any groups in the village wanting to organise events. 

    Action: Cllr Bradbury-Willis to research a specimen tree

    Action: Clerk to add item to Rushlight and write to member of the public who wrote to the council with suggestions of events, offering support.

    Action: Clerk to order plaque

    AGENDA ITEM 13 – To consider purchase of new benches and planters for the wharf gardens

    CL/159/21.02.22

    It was agreed to buy 1 planter to see if it is suitable. It was agreed for Cllr Tyrrell and the clerk to liaise about repairing the existing benches and proposing a way forward with

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    benches for the wharf area. 

    Action: Clerk to buy a single planter

    Action: Clerk and Cllr Tyrrell to propose a way forward for benches on the wharf

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Wharf development project

    CL/160/21.02.22

    The clerk had an email from Gwynedd Consultancy stating that they have been asked to update the Economic Case of the project before the Welsh assembly will sign off the money for the project. They are hoping it will be finalised next week and the contractor appointed then.

    AGENDA ITEM 15 – Correspondence

    CL/161/21.02.22

    * Playground concerns

    It was agreed to put an item in Rushlight reiterating that the playground is inspected every year and is deemed safe by RoSPA, with a link to the report.

    * Tree planting round the golf club car park and the recreation ground will take place on Thursday 24th at 9.45am

    *Neil Storkey is going to hire the kitchen for 2 events this year at a cost of £500 per event.

    * There is a possible shortfall of £10,000 on Picnic Island Bridge and it was agreed that the council and AA&I will cover this if required.

    * There is still a large hole in bank by development at the Penhelig. Clerk asked to request again that it is filled with soil and not hard core.

    AGENDA ITEM 16 – Items for consideration at future meetings

    CL/162/21.02.22

    • Subway improvements
    • Purchase of container
    • Cycle path update

    AGENDA ITEM 17 – Items for release / Rushlight / website / Facebook

    CL/163/21.02.22

    • Community lunches
    • Messy church
    • Pop-up rock shop
    • Community Projects group update
    • Playground 
    • Jubilee celebrations
    • Tree planting

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Date of next meeting

    CL/164/21.02.22

    Monday 21st March 2022 at 7pm

    There being no further business the meeting was closed by the Chair at 9.35pm

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    17th January 2022

    Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held virtually via teleconferencing on Monday 17th January 2022

    Present: Cllr Dewi Owen – Chair

    Councillors:

    Cllr Sara Bradbury-Willis

    Cllr Brian Kelly

    Cllr Catrin O’Neill

    Cllr Dai Owens

    Cllr Megan Reynolds

    Cllr Dave Williams

    Cllr Simon Worman

    Public: Pat Hellen

    AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies

    CL/130/17.01.22

    Cllr Jones, Cllr Tyrrell

    AGENDA ITEM 2 – Chairman’s Announcements

    CL/131/17.01.22

    The Chair welcomed everyone and noted that there have been quite a few people here on holiday now which is welcome for the village.

    AGENDA ITEM 3 – To elect a Vice-Chair

    CL/132/17.01.22

    Cllr Brain Kelly was voted in unanimously as Vice-Chair

    Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr O’Neill

    AGENDA ITEM 4 – To receive and confirm minutes of meeting 20th December 2021

    CL/133/17.01.22

    Proposed: Cllr Kelly Seconded: Cllr O’Neill

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 5 – Matters arising

    CL/134/17.01.22

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    M/117/20.12.21 Community Needs Survey

    It was agreed that a Place Plan is the logical way forward after the Community Needs Survey. It was agreed for the Clerk and Cllr O’Neill to form a working group with Des George to research what creating a Place Plan for Aberdyfi would involve and report back to the Council on their findings. 

    Action: Clerk and Cllr O’Neill to meet with Mr. George

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    M/51/(15.06.20) request for drinking water fountain.

    The clerk reported that she has emailed again but has not heard back from either Snowdonia National Park or Gwynedd Council.

    Action: Clerk to contact them again

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    M/107/(16.11.20) Subway improvements

    The Clerk reported that the Streetworks department have emailed, saying that the highways department responsible for the maintenance of the subway have no objections to the project, but ask for sight of the proposed artwork beforehand to approve it’s suitability. Before we can proceed, we have to also have approval from the lighting department of Gwynedd Council and are awaiting their decision. 

    It was agreed to seek information from local artists about what such a project might cost and set a budget using this information. It was suggested that once we have approval from the lighting department, local artists and art groups be invited to submit proposals for the work.

    Action: Cllr Bradbury-Willis and Clerk to contact local artists to find out how much this sort of project might cost. Clerk to look back over minutes to see if there is any information available there.

    M/166/(15.03.21) Football goalposts

    Have now been installed and have been well-used already, with very positive feedback from locals.

    M/139/(18.02.21) Crack in sea wall

    Chair has spoken to Gwynedd Consultancy who do not yet have a date for repairing the crack. They confirmed that it will be highways that will be repairing the hole in the wall.

    M/56/(19.07.21) Parking problems on Seaview Terrace

    It was pointed out that the parking problems were highlighted in part of the community needs survey, but it was agreed that it is resident’s responsibility to apply for resident parking areas in the village. 

    Action: Chair to speak to parking department of Gwynedd Council 

    M/97/(20.10.21) Tywyn Minor Injuries Unit

    Cllr Reynolds informed the Council that this month’s meeting was cancelled and there are currently 1000 vacancies in Betsy Cadwalader Health Board. It was agreed to write to BCUHB asking that Tywyn MIU is reinstated ASAP, before the main season. Cllr Bradbury-Willis reminded the council that anyone who needs attention can be seen at Dovey valley Health, they need to register as a temporary resident to be seen. 

    Cllr Reynolds informed the council that it is hopeful that a new dentist will be found for Tywyn. 

    Action: Clerk to write to BCUHB asking for Tywyn MIU to be opened as soon as possible. 

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    M/106/(15.11.21) Gwynedd Council Report

    The Clerk has reported the trailer at BrynGwylan to Gwynedd Council, as has Cllr. Bradbury-Willis.

    M/108/(15.11.21) To consider purchasing extra waste bins

    The clerk has emailed Steffan Jones requesting a meeting as soon as possible, but has not heard back. 

    Action: Clerk to contact Mr. Jones again

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    M/122/(20.12.21) Planning

    NP5/50/L308D Coast Deli Dining

    The Chair reported that he has had various residents asking what can be done about the noise and smell outside and emanating from Coast Deli in recent months and he has been told that the environmental health department will be visiting the premises soon. He has been informed that Gwynedd Council intend to object to the planning application. The Chair clarified that these issues were only in relation to Coast Deli Dining and not Coast2Go.

    Sheds being let out on AirBnB

    There is concern that these are still being advertised but no planning application has been lodged.

    Action: Clerk to contact Snowdonia National Park

    M/42/(21.06.21) Purchase of bollards for Neuadd Dyfi car park

    The Clerk has ordered the bollards and Geri Davies has confirmed he will install them.

    M/124/(20.12.21) Purchase of hybrid meeting equipment

    Clerk has ordered this equipment

    M/127/(20.12.21) Items for consideration at future meetings

    • Clerk has emailed Gwynedd Council asking for the hedge to be cut back between Outward Bound and Picnic Island, but has not heard back

    Action: Clerk to contact network Rail

    • Clerk emailed Gwynedd Council asking for their plans for the large tree at the bus stop by the Neuadd Dyfi, as several motorhome owners have moved their vehicles from under the tree as they are concerned about the tree falling on their vehicles. 

    Action: Clerk to contact Gwynedd Council again

    AGENDA ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

    CL/135/17.01.22

    Proposed: Cllr Reynolds Seconded: Cllr Williams

    Unanimously agreed

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    AGENDA ITEM 7 – Gwynedd Council Report

    CL/136/17.01.22

    The Chair reported that the dip in the road where the badger set caused subsidence now has signs warning of uneven surface and will be repaired in due course, though no date has been set yet.

    He reported that the extra funding for the wharf development has been confirmed and that the contractors have now been formally appointed.

    He reported that Picnic Island bridge is still due to be installed in April / May this year. 

    AGENDA ITEM 8 – Planning

    CL/137/17.01.22

    No planning applications have been received to date

    AGENDA ITEM 9 – To consider grant applications

    CL/138/17.01.22

    It was agreed to give £75 to the Air Ambulance, Dail Dysynni and Urdd Eisteddfod.

    Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr O’Neill

    Action: Clerk to transfer funds to the three charities

    The clerk informed the council that the donation to the Neuadd Dyfi for 2021 will be half of the income from the machine in the Neuadd Dyfi car park, plus £2,500, as agreed previously. This gives a total of £6,425 / 2 = £3,212.50 + £2,500 = £5,712.50.

    AGENDA ITEM 10 – To agree precept for 2022/ 2023

    CL/139/17.01.22

    The clerk informed the council that inflation for the year 2021 was 4.6% and reminded councillors that last year the council raised the precept by the inflation rate at the time of 1.5%. It was agreed to raise the precept by 3%, giving a total of £37,348 x 3% = £38,468. This equates to band D properties of £38,468 / 1095.65 = £35.11, a drop of £2.99 due to the increase in tax base this year.

    Proposed: Cllr Williams Seconded: Cllr Bradbury-Willis

    Unanimously approved

    AGENDA ITEM 11 – To discuss council self-assessment toolkit 

    CL/140/17.01.22

    The Chair reported that using the toolkit was a useful exercise and confirmed that the Council is running as it should, though highlighted a few things, such as some training may be needed.The Clerk reported that the full toolkit will be available from May onwards and intends to go through the rest of it later in the year, as time allows. It was agreed to purchase a lockable cabinet for the council office.

    Proposed: Cllr Owen Seconded: Cllr Bradbury-Willis

    Action: clerk to report back to the Welsh Government and One Voice Wales on the use of the toolkit

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    AGENDA ITEM 12 – To consider cutting a path between the cemetery and the gas works

    CL/141/17.01.22

    Aled’s father has cut a path in the past and has offered to do it again for £60. It was greed unanimously to ask him to continue.

    Proposed: Cllr Owen Seconded: Cllr Bradbury-Willis

    AGENDA ITEM 13 – To consider how to communicate more effectively with the community

    CL/142/17.01.22

    It was agreed to leave this discussion until it comes up as part of the self-assessment toolkit later in the year.

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Correspondence

    CL/143/17.01.22

    Letter received from Coast Deli Dining

    Action: Clerk to reply with details outlined in Agenda Item 5 above.

    AGENDA ITEM 15 – Items for consideration at future meetings

    CL/144/17.01.22

    • Purchase of container
    • Purchase of new benches and planters for the wharf gardens
    • Adoption of the NALC guidelines for clerk’s pay and conditions
    • Wharf development project
    • Subway project
    • Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

    AGENDA ITEM 13 – Items for release / Rushlight / website / Facebook

    CL/145/17.01.22

    • Institute subscriptions due
    • British Legion Poppy Appeal results
    • Football posts
    • Wharf development project

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Date of next meeting

    CL/146/17.01.22

    Monday 21st February 2022 at 7pm

    There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55pm

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    20th December 2021

    Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Aberdyfi Community Council held virtually via teleconferencing on Monday 20th December 2021

    Present:          Cllr Dewi Owen – Chair

    Councillors:     Cllr Gareth Jones

                            Cllr Brian Kelly

                            Cllr Catrin O’Neill

                            Cllr Dai Owens

                            Cllr Megan Reynolds

                            Cllr Bob Tyrrell

    Public:             Deio Jones

    AGENDA ITEM 1 – Apologies

    CL/115/20.12.21

    Cllr Bradbury-Willis, Cllr Williams, Cllr Worman

    AGENDA ITEM 2 – Chairman’s Announcements

    CL/116/20.12.21

    The Chair welcomed everyone and welcomed Deio Jones to the meeting. He reported that the village has been quiet recently though is probably going to get much busier over the festive period.

    AGENDA ITEM 3 – Presentation on the Community Needs Survey by Deio Jones

    CL/117/20.12.21

    Deio Jones from Resources For Change did a short presentation on the Community Needs Survey, highlighting some of the results. He reported that many councils go on to use this type of survey as the basis for creating a Community Place Plan and encouraged the council to look at Newtown Place Plan as an example. Cllr O’Neill reported that there is funding available to create one and suggested it would be a good idea for either the Community Council or the Community Projects group to undertake. It was agreed to find out more information about what creating a Place Plan entails.

    Action: Clerk to research the process of creating a Place Plan.

    AGENDA ITEM 4 – To receive and confirm minutes of meeting 15th November 2021

    CL/118/20.12.21

    Proposed: Cllr Jones   Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 5 – Matters arising

    CL/119/20.12.21

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    M/51/(15.06.20) request for drinking water fountain.

    The clerk reported that she has not yet heard back from either Snowdonia National Park and 

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    Gwynedd Council 

    Action: Clerk to contact Mr. Jones and Barry Davies again at the beginning of next year

    M/107/(16.11.20) Subway improvements

    The Clerk reported that the Streetworks department have emailed, saying they will look into whether it is possible for the project could go ahead if Community Council agree to take on the responsibility for maintaining the walls while Gwynedd Council retains responsibility for the lighting and electrics and they will let her know their decision in due course.

    Action: Clerk to contact Gwynedd Council Streetworks team again.

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    M/166/(15.03.21) Football goalposts

    There was a delay in the installation and they are now due to be installed this week and work on the allotment retaining walls is due to start in mid-late January.

    M/139/(18.02.21) Crack in sea wall

    It was asked if the work on this could be done at the same time as the work to repair the wall that has been damaged recently by a car. The Chair reported that he has been told that Gwynedd Council said they will be repairing this in the next few months but will contact them again.

    Action: Chair to contact Gwynedd Consultancy

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    M/56/(19.07.21) Parking problems on Seaview Terrace

    It was agreed that it was not for the Community Council to apply for residents parking on Seaview Terrace but for the residents themselves to apply for it. 

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    M/97/(20.10.21) Tywyn Minor Injuries Unit

    Cllr Reynolds informed the Council that three nurses are training in A & E work, so hopefully the MIU will open again soon.

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    M/106/(15.11.21) Gwynedd Council Report

    It was reported that the trailer at Bryn Gwylan is still blocking parking bays. 

    Action: Chair and Clerk to contact Adra 

    M/108/(15.11.21) To consider purchasing extra waste bins

    The clerk reported that she has not had a date to meet with the Steffan Jones. It was suggested that perhaps larger bins instead of more bins might be good. Cllr Tyrrell also noted that many tourists do not know that the brown bins are only for garden waste. The Chair informed the council that the bins at Nantiesin have been used for inappropriate rubbish tipping and since September there have been 3 televisions, 2 beds and 4 mattresses put into those bins. 

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    Action: Clerk to contact Mr. Jones again and arrange a meeting and suggest larger bins as well as more bins, at that meeting. Clerk to inform Cllr Tyrrell of the meeting date.

    Action: Clerk to write to all letting agents next year reiterating that they must not put household large goods in public bins.

    AGENDA ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

    CL/120/20.12.21

    Proposed: Cllr Kelly                Seconded: Cllr Tyrrell

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 7 – Gwynedd Council Report

    CL/121/20.12.21

    The Chair reported on a meeting that was held at the wharf with Gwynedd Council, TMS Maritime and various stakeholders present. The contract hasn’t yet been signed as there is a shortfall in funding so they are currently waiting for the extra funding to be confirmed. It is hoped the project will start in March and the contractors gave a timetable of 34 weeks to complete the project. It will cause disruption in the village, but the work needs to be done as soon as possible in case prices increase again or anything unforeseen happens. The contractors plan to hold meetings early next year with residents and businesses in the village. 

    It was requested that the contractors might be able to dig out the cannon that is embedded at the bottom of Church Bay slipway while they are doing the work on the wharf wall, to allow it to then be kept and possibly restored. 

    Action: Clerk to talk to contractors about this possibility

    AGENDA ITEM 8 – Planning

    CL/122/20.12.21

    NP5/50/L145G 12 Seaview Terrace, Aberdyfi LL35 0EF Installation of balcony railings to create balcony area (re-submission) 

    No objections raised

    NP5/50/27F The Old Coach House, Balkan Hill, LL35 0NH 

    Alterations to first floor windows, remove extrenal steps and install glass balustrade 

    No objections raised

    NP5/ NP5/50/530B 14 Maes Newydd, Aberdyfi, LL35 0PD 

    Demolish conservatory and construct 2 storey extension 

    No objections raised

    NP5/50/L228 Hafn, Terrace Road, Aberdyfi, LL35 0LT 

    Installation of roof lights and rear dormer 

    It was noted that the gates open onto the road and this could cause an issue. 

    Action: Clerk to inform SNPA 

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    NP5/50/L134E Coast to Go, 9 Glandyfi Terrace, Aberdyfi, LL35 0EB 

    Removal of condition 2 of planning consent to allow sale of hot food takeaway 

    It was noted that this is next door to an existing takeaway business and the menus overlap.

    Action: Clerk to inform SNPA

    NP5/50/L308D Coast Deli Dining, 7 Seaview Terrace, Aberdyfi, LL35 0EE 

    Removal of condition 2 of planning consent to allow sale of hot food takeaway 

    It was agreed not to support this application due to exisiting problems and issues that have not been resolved 

                Action: Clerk to inform SNPA

    The Clerk reported that Snowdonia National Park have been in contact with the owners of the sheds being let on AirBnB and have asked them to submit a planning application, but she hasn’t heard anything more about it yet.

    AGENDA ITEM 9 – To consider purchase of bollards for the Neuadd Dyfi car park

    CL/123/20.12.21

    It was agreed to buy 5 bollards with space for a padlock at the top, at a price of £200 each. It was agreed that motorhome owners should provide their own padlocks with a spare key held at the Council office. It was agreed to ask Geri Davies to install the bollards.

    Proposed: Cllr Kelly                            Seconded: Cllr Tyrrell

    Unanimously agreed

    AGENDA ITEM 10 – To consider purchase of equipment for hybrid meetings

    CL/124/20.12.21

    It was agreed to buy the equipment recommended by the clerk, including any sundries required.

    Proposed: Cllr O’Neill                         Seconded: Cllr Kelly

    Unanimously approved

    AGENDA ITEM 11 – To consider keeping toilets by the Neuadd Dyfi open all year

    CL/125/20.12.21

    The clerk had confirmation from Amanda Murray that it will cost the council another £2,000 to keep the toilets open all year. It was agreed to reply accepting this proposal, and to ask the AA&I to cover the cost.

    Proposed: Cllr Tyrrell                          Seconded: Cllr Reynolds

    Unanimously approved

    Action: Clerk to reply to Amanda Murray 

    Action: Clerk to provide all figures from the past few years to the Chair to inform his forthcoming meeting with Amanda Murray

    AGENDA ITEM 12 – Correspondence

    CL/126/20.12.21        

    • Day on the Quay

    It was agreed to cancel this event

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    • Time & Tide Bell

    The clerk reported that the clapper had been left outside the harbourmaster’s office so she has sent photos to the artist and is waiting for his response about what will happen next.

    • Aberdyfi Community Projects

    Cllr O’Neill gave an update on the company and their project to try to buy the building that houses the Post Office, garage etc. 

    • Work happening at the institute in January

    The clerk reported that major electrical work will be happening at the institute in January so she may work different hours or from home while this work takes place.

    • New tenant at the Institute

    The clerk reported that a new tenant has taken over the office below the council office and will be in place from January.

    • New pharmacist in the village

    The clerk reported that the pharmacy has now officially changed hands and the new pharmacist in now in place. 

    Action: Clerk to write to the pharmacist, welcoming him to the village

    • Railings in car park

    Cllr O’Neill reported that at a recent Unllais meeting, she asked Dafydd Gibbard, CEO of Gwynedd Council, about the railings in the main car park and he said he will look into the problems with the car park.

    AGENDA ITEM 13 – Items for consideration at future meetings / urgent business

    CL/127/20.12.21

    • Container
    • Potential cutting of path between cemetery and Gas Works.
    • Cutting hedge between OB and Picnic Island
    • Sand build up in village already 
    • Precept
    • How can we communicate better with the community
    • Large tree by the Neuadd Dyfi

    AGENDA ITEM 13 – Items for release / Rushlight / website / Facebook

    CL/113/15.11.21

    • Thanks to volunteers for village planting and tree / hedge planting 
    • Aberdyfi Community Projects

    AGENDA ITEM 14 – Date of next meeting

    CL/114/15.11.21

    Monday 17th January 2022 at 7pm

    There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:25pm

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