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 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the Welsh Government, South Wales 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 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. For 2013/14, the precept equivalent in Council Tax Band D is £78.89 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 manages the following:
The council is responsible for the general maintenance of the cemetery and the administration of burial plots. To make arrangements to purchase a plot or install a monument please contact Mrs Cynthia Phillips. Telephone 01639 830432. Address: 23 Railway Terrace, Cwmllynfell, Swansea SA9 2GP. A list of cemetery charges can be found in the Library pages of the website.
The park is situated in the centre of Rhiwfawr near the village hall. There is a large green area for ball games, a nature trail with ponds, an enclosed children's play equipment area, and a BMX track.
With the aid of grants and support from Neath Port Talbot Borough Council, the Community Council developed a multi-activity facility for young people on the former tennis courts, which adjoins the bowling green in Cwmllynfell. The park has a skateboard area, an aerial runway, and a small covered meeting area. There is an enclosed sports area that is marked out for football and basket ball. The park was opened in 2013 by the First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
There are some public areas that the Council arranges grass cutting to be undertaken. The work is discretionary.
The lights and Christmas tree, which help to brighten up the winter months, are partly funded with an annual grant and donations.
Local facilities, organisations and groups.
Cwmllynfell is a vibrant community. The Council recognises the important contribution that organisations and groups make to enriching community life. Many of the facilities are dependent on volunteers, who give of their time freely for community benefit. The Council supports such organisations and groups through the provision of grants. The Council has supported the following with annual grants:
- Cwmllynfell Millennium Hall
- Rhiwfawr Community Hall
The Council has also provided financial assistance to the following
- Cwmllynfell & Rhiwfawr OAP Association
- Cwmllynfell & District Bowls Club
- Cwmllynfell Primary School
- Cwmllynfell RFC
- Citizens Advice Bureau