NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
A vacancy has arisen in the office of Councillor for the Community Council. Residents had until 12th December 2019 to request an election to fill the vacancy. As no election was called, the vacancy will now be filled by co-option.
The eligibility criteria for the role can be found here. You may also find it useful to read the latest copy of The Good Councillor's Guide. There is no application form as such. However, interested parties should submit their CV together with a short note of why they are interested in becoming a Councillor, and what they feel they will be able to contribute to the role.
All 'applications' and any queries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 8th January.
The External Audit of the Community Council for the financial year 2018/2019 has now been completed - please click here.
The Council's Annual Return and the Auditor's Report can be viewed on-line by clicking on 'Accounts' in the left hand menu.
A summary of your Rights is provided here
***PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES***
Monmouthshire County Council has conducted a review of the boundaries and community electoral arrangements for Monmouthshire, and submitted a report of its recommendations to the Local Democracy and Boundary commission for Wales. The recommendations for Goetre Fawr have been accepted by the Commission and recommend for implementation. The key changes are:
- The Community of Little Mill be transferred into the Llanbadoc Community
- The current ward of Llanover be transferred into Goetre Fawr
Details of how you may make representations to the Welsh Government are detailed here
The timescales for the changes have yet to be confirmed.
The Goetre Fawr Community Council held an open access engagement event for residents, on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at the Village Hall. The event was aimed at understanding what residents want to see ‘more of’ in the village and to encourage suggestions for potential improvements. Representatives from the Bridges Centre were asked to come along to provide advice on befriending, volunteering and transport. The County Councillor, Mr Jones, also attended.
Over 50 people came along and made a variety of suggestions on issues that matter to them, which have been summarised in themes set out in the pie charts shown here.
An action plan has been developed to identify where the Community Council can make a difference on some of the issues of most concern to residents i.e. around road safety and improving the environment. There are opportunities for individuals and groups to take forward some of the social and leisure activities that were favoured, in particular a film club/cinema night and education/classes. You can see the actions being taken, and progress made to date, by reading the action plan here.
Residents expressed concern over difficulties encountered crossing the busy A4042 and parking issues in the Village. County Councillor Brian Jones agreed to take these concerns back to the County Council and Welsh Government.
There was overwhelming support for the resiting of a post box and provision of a post office service. The Community Council will explore the feasibility of this with the relevant agency.
Some of the social and other activities suggested, do not yet have a ‘lead’ organisation or person identified to move them forward. The Council would welcome and encourage emerging/existing groups and organisations in the village to apply for funding to develop the activities and ideas further. if you are interested in progressing any of the ideas shown, please contact the Clerk at: email@example.com
There are a number of meeting spaces available in the village and the Community Council are actively encouraging the development of wider access to existing public spaces and facilities.
The Community Council led the first ‘litter picking morning’ in the village on Saturday 28 April 2018. As a result of village social media coverage, the event attracted support from many parents and children, the Scouts, Community Garden and many residents who were keen to ‘tidy up’ our environment and get involved. The event was extremely well supported and it proved to be a great way to exercise!
Sue Parkinson, Waste and Recycling Education and Awareness Officer at Monmouthshire County Council provided all the necessary tools, bags and safety jackets. There were over 40 bags of rubbish collected within the space of 2 hours.
Equipment was provided to village groups for future use and it is hoped that this will be part of a regular wider village programme that will encourage individuals to take their litter home and not to spoil our clean streets and lanes.
The current Superfast Broadband Cymru project came to an end on 31st December with c100+ properties in the Goetre Fawr ward currently no longer in scope for connection. Goetre Fawr Community Council is therefore working with Monmouthshire County Council to explore the possibility of extending the reach of superfast broadband (SFB) to these properties through the TV White Space project.
The service provides households with SFB via a radio signal from one or a number of local transmitter(s) and residents can apply for a grant which covers the full cost of the installation at their property (but not the ongoing monthly subscription). An application for funds from the Rural Communities Development Fund needs to be made first, but if successful it is hoped that survey work could begin by the Summer / early Autumn. We will keep residents updated through the pages of the Usk & Raglan Diary, and of course via this news section.
CPR & DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING
The two events recently held in the village halls attracted 80 people in total, who all found the training very interesting and informative. It is possible that another event will be run during the Summer. The Community Council now has five public access defibrillators (PADs) - you can see the locations here.