What is a Community Council
There are over 730 community and town councils throughout Wales. Some represent populations of fewer than 200 people, others populations of over 45,000 people; but they all work to improve the quality of life and environment for citizens in their area.
Community and town councils are accountable to local people and have a duty to represent the interests of the different parts of the community equally.
About 8,000 people in Wales give voluntary service as community and town councillors.
What powers to community and town councils have?
Community and town councils have the scope to deliver many services, depending on the size of the community they represent and their budget. Examples of some services provided by community and own councils include:
- public information signs and noticeboards
- public seating and bus shelters
- war memorials
- community centres and indoor recreation facilities
Community and town councils work closely with the county or county borough council in the area, representing the interests of their communities. They can also work in partnership with other organisations (including other community or town councils in the area) to deliver services. By offering support, including funding, equipment or premises, community and town councils can also help others bodies to provide services, such as child care, services for the elderly, environmental initiatives and arts and sports activities.
How can I tell my community or town council my views?
Community and town councils have a duty to consider the views of everyone in their community, and should seek the views of both electors and those who cannot vote, such as young people.
To do this, your council may run a variety of consultation exercises throughout the year, in which you can give your view on a particular matter or in general about the community. The council may also call a meeting of the community or town, at which electors can discuss the work of the council and what is going on in the area. Such a meeting can also be called by the electorate itself, if 10% or 50 electors, whichever is fewer, ask for one.
Meetings of the council and its committees and subcommittees, are open to the public, except when very sensitive matters are being discussed. The Welsh Government encourages community and town councils to invite public participation and some have a dedicated time in council meetings in which members of the public can express their views or ask questions.
You can also write to your community or town council at any time or email, if your council has this facility. If you cannot find contact information for your community or town council, your county or county borough council can help you.
From here, you can access more detailed information, in publications about community and town councils and their work, and guidance for community and town councillors, as well as the latest information about relevant legislation and consultations
The Town Council employs a part time Clerk/Surveyor. The Clerk/Surveyor is David Davies and you can access his contact details on the “Contact us” page.
As a result of a successful funding bid in March 2016 the Council now employs a part time Cleaner and a part time Development Officer for a one year period. The Development Officer will work to develop the Community Education Centre to serve the needs of the Community.