Abbeycwmhir Community Council

Abbeycwmhir Community Council

The Community Council is the first tier of local government and is considered the closest to the residents of the area.

The Council takes its name from the village of Abbeycwmhir in the south of the community area which extends to beyond Bwlch y Sarnau in the north. There are some 106 properties in our area and a little over 200 registered electors, to which the Community Council is accountable and has a duty to represent the different parts of the community equally.

The Community Council:

  •  Represents the local community on planning matters and other proposals that have an effect on the local area;
  • Carry out and assist in projects and schemes to benefit the community
  •  Keep in contact with other relevant authorities, Powys County Council, for example, highlighting any problems or works that are needed in the community , and
  • Have powers to raise money through the local council tax - the precept.

The Community Council meets a minimum of four times a year, usually on the third Thursday of the month, in January, May, September and November. The meetings are normally held in the Philips Hall, Abbeycwmhir and start at 8:00pm except for the AGM which starts at 7:30pm. The Annual General Meeting of the Council is held prior to the May ordinary Council meeting at which the election of the Chair and Vice Chair takes place, the Annual Accounts are considered for approval together with any changes to the Council's General and Financial Standing Orders.

Any urgent business, such as planning applications etc., which cannot be held over until a scheduled meeting are dealt with by calling an ad hoc meeting on a convenient and appropriate date, again normally a Thursday evening.

At least three days prior notice is given for any and all the meetings by letter to the members and a notice on the noticeboards in Abbeycwmhir and Bwlch y Sarnau, although the scheduled meetings are known generally 12 months in advance. Meeting notice and Agenda are also posted on the website (at least 3 days in advance).

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