Minutes of Council, 21 March 2024

Minutes of Council, 21 March 2024

Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Laleston Community Council held at Bryntirion & Laleston Community Centre on 21 March 2024, commencing at 7.00pm.

Present:. Cllr’s A Berrow, JP Blundell, Z Blundell, J Cook, C Davies, D Harrison, P King, I Spiller, V James, S Philpin, S Richmond, and C Webster.

In attendance:  Gail Jewell

1.  19.1408   Whilst undertaking a period of silent reflection, Council took the opportunity to stand in silence in mark of respect for Cllr David White, who was described as a staunch community activist and had unfortunately recently passed.

2.  19.1409   Apologies for absence. Cllr C Smith.

3.  19.1410   Representation from members of the public.  None.

4.  19.1411   Items of business that the Chair deems urgent.  None.

5.  19.1412   Declarations of Interest. 

Cllr D Harrison – Item 17 – Prejudicial Interest as a Member of Bridgend County Borough Council Planning Committee.

Cllr A Berrow – Item 17 – Prejudicial Interest as a Member of Bridgend County Borough Council Planning Committee.

6.  19.1413   Approval of Minutes.

Resolved:  The minutes of the ordinary meeting of Council that took place on 15 February 2024 were approved as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Cllr S Philpin and seconded by Cllr P King.  

Matters arising:

Item 8 – 19.1387     To consider proposal received by Merthyr Mawr Estate. 

The Clerk provided an update outlining that the final costings for the purchasing the land where Broadlands Wildflower garden is sited, would approximately reach £6,000.

Resolved:  Council agreed to proceed with the figures as outlined above.

Item 11 – 19.1357    To discuss the purchase and installation of 4 benches in commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, to be placed in Laleston, Broadlands, Bryntirion and Cefn Glas.

The Clerk confirmed that formal approval had been pursued for the installation of the bench in Laleston Cemetery and a response had been received requesting a photograph of the bench and an agreement in principle to arrange a site visit to discuss appropriate siting of the bench.

7.  19.1414   To receive quotations, if any.  None

8.  19.1415   To receive an update on Bryntirion Playing Fields Masterplan.

The Clerk explained that Whittingtons bid, project programme and notes from the inception meeting for the Bryntirion Playing Fields Masterplan, had been circulated to all Members prior to the meeting and invited feedback and or questions relating to the information provided to be relayed at the next meeting with Whittingtons.

Resolved: Following discussions, Council agreed that a Steering Group (or similar) should be created to oversee the works being carried out and requested that Membership for the group be added to the next meeting of Council.

9.  19.1416   To agree to progress with rebuilding damaged entrance to Rhodfa Mes in Broadlands.

Resolved:  Following presentation of two quotations for the repair work on the damaged entrance to Rhodfa Mes, Council agreed that initially the Clerk should contact with the Chief Executive of Bridgend County Borough Council to outline the health and safety implications of the damaged wall and await a response prior to any decision as to whether or not to undertake the works is made by Council.

10.  19.1417  To receive an update on the Legal Requirements for Commercial Waste Collections and discuss options to ensure Council is compliant

The Clerk explained that as of the 6 April 2024, it will be a legal requirement for all businesses, charities and public sector organisations in Wales to separate waste for recycling. 

Resolved:  Following discussions, Members agreed that the Clerk:

11. 19.1418  To receive an update report from the Clerk.  No update provided.

12.  19.1419  To agree to purchase and install a bespoke HMS Urge Remembrance bench outside former Bryntirion School on A473 in memory of Sub Lt Brian Lloyd, former head boy.

ResolvedIn addition to the HMS Urge Remembrance bench, Council agreed to include an interpretation board to promote ‘our unsung heroes and local history’.

13. 19.1420  To discuss and agree costings for the production of a working drawing to aid consultation with BCBC conservation team, for traffic management at the Dell and Wind Street, Laleston.

Resolved:  Members agreed to progress with the costing provided of £400 for the production of a working drawing to aid consultation with BCBC conservation team, for traffic management at the Dell and Wind Street in Laleston.

14. 19.1421  To receive any recommendations and or comments from Committees –

  1. None.

b) HR & Personnel Committee None.

c) Biodiversity & Allotment CommitteeNone.

15.  19.1422  To receive the draft minutes of any Committee meetings held since the last meeting of Council and note any delegated decisions made –

Resolved:  Noted by Council.

  • None.

Resolved:  Noted by Council.

16.  19.1423  To receive correspondence, if any. 

The Chair outlined details of correspondence received from Persimmon which explained that they would look at the possibility of transferring the play areas in Broadlands to Laleston Community Council.      Resolved:  Members agreed to add this as an item for the next meeting of Council for formal discussion.
The Clerk explained that a notice explaining that the LDP 2018-2033 had been adopted, had been received.Resolved:  Noted by Members.
The Clerk presented details of an email received from a member of the public querying whether a book swap station could provided in one of the bus shelters on High Street, LalestonResolved:  Council agreed that a book swap station could be provided in one of the bus shelters on High Street, Laleston, but it must be supervised and maintained by members of the public and not by Council.
The Chair provided an update on the Public Consultation Event in relation the Laleston Well Project that took place at Trelales Primary School on 12 March 2024.  They explained that the event was very well attended and commended Phil Cope for all his work on the project and stated that they looked forward to the next adventures for Laleston Well.Resolved:  Members noted the update.  

13.  19.1424  To consider Planning Applications

 Planning ApplicationComment
Planning Application No.: T/24/7/TPO Applicant: Mr J Mills Location: 14 Ffridd Las Broadlands Bridgend CF31 5AF Proposal: Crown reduction to sycamore tree by 35% and removal of branch growing over garage roof Date:  29 February 2024Resolved:  No comments made.
Planning Application No.: P/24/90/FUL Applicant: Mrs L Powell Location: 16 Meini Tirion Cefn Glas CF31 4TL Proposal: Single storey rear extension Date: 29 February 2024Resolved:  No comments made.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 8.30pm.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 18 April 2024, and will commence at 7.00pm.

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