A Community Council is a type of local authority which is the lowest, or first, tier of local government.
The Council represents the local community on a wide range of matters, liaising with and making representations to Carmarthenshire County Council, the Welsh Government, Dyfed Powys Police and many other organisations on a regular basis. It has a statutory right to be consulted on some matters, notably planning applications, highway and other environmental issues. The Council also supports other local organisations by providing small grants, and by offering assistance in relation to their activities, where possible.
One part time Clerk is employed to help with the administration of the Council’s affairs.
The Council’s activities are funded by a precept levied on all local households and collected as part of the Council Tax by Carmarthenshire Council Council. For 2013/14, the precept equivalent in Council Tax Band D is £43.76 per year. All of the Council’s activities and expenditure are monitored annually by independent auditors appointed by the Auditor General for Wales.
The Council is responsible for a range of local amenities and services. It also supports, normally through grants, a number of organisations who provide local services and facilities. The Council currently supports the following:
- The provision of grants for playgrounds at Rhosaman and Cefnbrynbrain
- It is currently awaiting the result of a WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) grant for Upper Brynaman playground.
- Assisting a number of local clubs and societies by giving financial help