Note: this text is in the process of being translated and will be available in Welsh as soon as possible. Until then you could use Google Translate for a Welsh version of this page.
The community council is a group of local residents who represent the community as a whole. Read more about their responsibilities further down this page. Click here for a list of the councillors and their contact details.
The council meets monthly and meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month.
Cynhelir cyfarfodydd yn arferol nos Fawrth cyntaf o bob mis.
Community and Town Councils are the grassroots level of local governance in Wales. There are over 730 Community and Town Councils throughout Wales, but not every community in Wales has one.
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.
Community and town councils are the part of local government closest to the people. They serve the smallest area and are responsible for the most local of matters. Very importantly, these councils can "precept" - raising a sum collected with the council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.
Community and town councils have a number of basic responsibilities in making the lives of local communities more comfortable, many of which are often taken for granted. Essentially these powers fall within three main categories: representing the whole electorate within the community; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve quality of life in the community.
Individual powers include the provision and maintenance of community transport schemes, traffic calming measures, local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, public lavatories, litter bins, street lighting, street cleaning, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, opens spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures.
Community and town councils can also comment on planning applications - they are statutory consultees (they have to be consulted if they so wish) and can be represented at public inquiries.
The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 introduced the new power of ‘well being’ reflecting the Welsh government's initiative to revitalise local democracy enabling the sector to do more to improve the local social, economic and environmental situation of an area.
Community and town councillors represent the people living in their local area at the closest level to the community. When decisions are being made they are there to put the views of their electors across.
If you're at least 18 years old, lived in the community for at least 12 months and are not disqualified, you are able to stand for election. Check this PDF at lectoralcommission.org.uk for full deails.
Next elections will be held in May 2022.
Statutory Guidance: Access to Information on Community And Town Councils (PDF, gov.wales)
Guidance, including Statutory Guidance, to Principal Councils and Community and Town Councils in Wales (PDF, gov.wales)
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