REPORT ON CLIMATE ACTION MEETING: 8TH JANUARY 2020
Following the initial Climate Change Public Meeting on 9th October 2019 interested parties were invited to a follow up meeting arranged by the Town Council.
Thanks to all who were present for your time in attending the meeting.
Since the October meeting the Town Council climate action working group has done more research and taken guidance on how the town council can assist in tackling the climate emergency.
In our role as Town Council, we have drawn up an action plan. Part of this action plan is to ensure we put climate at the top of decision-making and actively communicate climate related matters to the community of Presteigne & Norton.
At the meeting the Town Council presented suggested climate action ‘headings’ and the current groups that are working under those heading. (please see attached list)
Following discussions during the meeting several ideas of community projects emerged which can now be taken forward by interested parties with support from the Climate Action Working Group.
These projects are:
Communication: Developing channels of communication to ensure the wider public are aware of projects that are going on and areas where they can get involved if they want to including actions they can personally take to help. This is something everyone could be thinking about and we can all feedback ideas. Sally Butler has created a Presteigne Climate Action Facebook page please join and share.
Education and liaising with schools: Cllr Lisa Veary to form a group to plan a day in schools on the 4th March centred around the environment.
Community Composting: A proposal has been put forward and is supported by Presteigne Plenty and PACDG
Tree planting: Cllr. Rose Bamford is looking for land to make a tree nursery as a starting point and talking to local land owners about land available for tree and hedgerow plating. She will invite anyone interested to a planning meeting in the next few weeks.
Hedgerows and verges: A group is working closely with the Town and County council on this. The County Council have provided the TC with a map of suggested areas that can be managed to increase biodiversity.
Community energy production: Cllrs. Kirkby and Smith are exploring the possibility of creating a town solar farm supplying energy for the town and raising revenue for further environmental projects.
Dark Skies: Dark Skies have been working with the Town Council, a local resident, the Spaceguard Observatory and lighting company, Dark Source to make Presteigne the first Dark Skies Community in England and Wales. Dark Skies lighting uses less energy than conventional street lighting. The intelligent lighting has been professionally designed to produce maximum amount of light where needed with the minimum number of lights. The next stage of the project is an initial trial to demonstrate the concept. A crowd funding site has been set up and a video made to explain the project. So far it has raised £1500 but needs to raise more to demonstrate the community commitment. If you or anyone you know, would like to contribute the address is
Transport: A few people put down an interest in transport on the list maybe that is an area that people could investigate and come back to the next meeting with some ideas?
It would be useful for the next meeting each project could feedback where they are and come with specific ideas about what help/skills they may need and how others can get involved if needed.
The Working Group will then plan a day/weekend to present these projects to the town alongside actions and ideas that individuals can do themselves.
Please bring or e-mail ideas of things that we can communicate that individuals can do and what impact it could make.
Next meeting date: 12th February 6pm Assembly Rooms
TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2020-21: JANUARY 2020
At the meeting on 15th January, 2020 Members agreed a total budget of £70,888 up 1.6% from 2019-20. This will result in a precept of £55.00 per year for a Band D property. New projects for the year included Website Improvements £500.00, Climate Crisis Project Grants £1000.00, VE Day Anniversary Celebrations £500.00, Sheep Music Event £500.00, Wildflowers/Bulbs/Verges/Roundabouts £500.00, Street Lighting/Dark Skies Project £750.00.
BUS PASS RENEWAL INFORMATION: NOVEMBER 2019
Transport for Wales are currently managing the reissue of free bus passes across Wales.
Here’s an update on the renewal programme being managed on behalf of all 22 local councils in Wales.
There are currently around 750,000 bus passes in Wales and the current green coloured cards will all expire on 31 December 2019 and not be accepted on buses. Since September we’ve been raising awareness of the changes, and already we’ve received 450,000 applications. With the deadline now fast approaching we’re keen to promote the changes as much as possible to ensure we reach as many people as possible and provide time for people to reapply and receive their new-style cards before the end of the year.
Cardholders can either reapply online at www.tfw.wales/travelcards or by paper, which they can download via our website or pick up a copy from their local council. They can also request a copy in the post by calling our helpline 0300 303 4240.
The new cards offer the same travel benefits for 60s and over and eligible disabled persons.
There are also ‘How to videos’ available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8q_bwWi4Wo (English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBjwmBvTXh8 (Welsh)
English - https://tfw.wales/bus-campaign-support
Welsh - https://tfw.wales/cy/cymorth-ymgyrch-bws
CO-OPTION TO FILL COUNCIL VACANCY NOVEMBER 2019
Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011, Section 116
Notice of Co-Option
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Presteigne and Norton Town Council intends to Co-opt one member to fill the vacancy that exists in the office of Councillor for the Presteigne Town Ward of Presteigne and Norton Town Council.
Expressions of interest are being sought from members of the public who meet the following qualifications and are interested in representing their community on the aforementioned Community Council. You must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or a European Union citizen and be 18 years of age or over; and meet at least one of the following criteria:
registered as a local government elector for the area named above; or
during the whole of the last 12 months occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the community named above; or
your principal or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the community named above; or
you have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in the Community or within 4.8 kilometres of it.
If you wish to be considered for co-option for the vacant seats(s) or want more information regarding the role of a Town Councillor please contact the Proper Officer, Tracey Price, Clerk to the Council on/at -
Telephone: 01547 528575 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st December, 2019
 Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers of the community council, anyone subject to bankruptcy restriction orders and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.
POLLING STATION INFORMATION - NOVEMBER 2019
Polling Information for General Election: Due to the Presteigne Pantomime in the Memorial Hall please note that the polling station for the general election will be the British Legion Club, Hereford Street.
TOWN COUNCIL STATEMENT RE LIBRARY SERVICE - NOVEMBER 2019
The Town Council continues to work towards maintaining the current opening hours and services at Presteigne Library, stressing the need for budget cuts to be applied equitably across Powys libraries and resisting the possible closure of our branch library. It has also started a campaign to ask Welsh Government to remove business rating from library premises and this was recently taken forward by the body representing Town and Community Councils, One Voice Wales, which will now lobby Welsh Government for the change to be made. If successful this will provide sizeable savings on the budget for Presteigne Branch Library and help ensure its future.
The Town Council would like to encourage all residents to use the library - join so you can borrow books, download free e-books and e-magazines and free audio books. The better the usage and visitor figures the stronger the library position in the future. Latest book titles can be ordered in the branch or online and collected at the Branch when available and there is access to public computers and printing facilities too.
POWYS LIBRARY CONSULTATION - OCTOBER 2019
Link to the results of the consultation below -
PRESTEIGNE DARK SKIES PROJECT - OCTOBER 2019
Join us in stopping light pollution and helping transform Presteigne into the first Dark Sky Community in England and Wales!
The lighting industry has rapidly grown over the last century, bringing towns and cities to life, celebrating architecture and providing visibility at night. However, today we also need to face the impact of human-made lighting on the natural environment. Are we challenging ourselves enough and think creatively about how to tackle our contribution to light pollution? Are we are part of the problem or the solution? How can we take action?
This project aims to put lighting design at the forefront of transforming a town into the first Welsh Dark Sky Community using intelligent and sustainable lighting technology. Presteigne is ready to lead the way, now we need committed donors and innovative manufacturers to help deliver. You can make a real difference by showing your support to Presteigne.
VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR PRESTEIGNE WARD - OCTOBER 2019
There is currently a vacancy due to the resignation of Pam Linnett. See attached notice here.
UNDERSTANDING WELSH PLACES
Launched on 15th October - #UnderstandingWelshPlaces – a website that will tell you all about your town. It’s got data about employment, schools, shops and much more, all at town level. Check it out here: http://www.understandingwelshplaces.wales/en/
CASUAL VACANCY - NORTON WARD SEPTEMBER 2019
Congratulation to the successful candidate Pete Smith from Stapleton.
POWYS WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT: PRESTEIGNE AND NORTON
Link below to the film made by the Project with current Mayor Trevor Owens. Both the Presteigne and Norton Memorials received funding from this project with the remaining balance being met by the Town Council. Thanks to the Project for it's assistance with the work carried out.
MESSAGE FROM POWYS TEACHING HEALTH BOARD - OCTOBER 2019
Update on Orchard Corner Dental Practice in Knighton
As you may be aware, Orchard Corner Dental Practice in Knighton has made the decision to close later this year.
Whilst this is primarily a private practice, they held a small contract for the provision of NHS services for children and we are currently assessing the options available to provide continuity of service for NHS patients.
Our most immediate priority is to ensure that patients continue to have access to an emergency dental service, and this is being established as a priority whilst options for a local routine dental service are identified and assessed.
In the first instance patients requiring urgent care will be offered treatment in one of the emergency general dental services clinics in across Powys. This includes our clinics in Newtown and Llandrindod Wells (please note that the Llandrindod Wells emergency general dental services clinic is temporarily located in Builth Wells).
Access to the emergency dental service will be through the existing emergency dental access pathway, by dialling 111.
SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION TO BRING AERIAL RUNWAY (ZIP WIRE) TO WILSON TERRACE PLAY AREA - SEPT 2019
The Town Council is delighted to announce that it has secured funding for a zip wire to site at the Wilson Terrace Play Area. Funding of almost £10,000 has been provided by National Lottery Awards for All. Town Councillor and former Mayor Colin Kirkby has for some time wanted to replace the previous aerial runway (zip wire) and Town Councillors agreed that this was their top project for which to secure funding this financial year. The aerial runway will be sited at Wilson Terrace with the kind permission of Powys County Council. Thanks go to Cllr. Beverley Baynham and officer Steve Gealy for their willingness to work with the Town Council on this.
NEW TOWN COUNCILLOR FOR THE NORTON WARD SEPTEMBER 2019
At the September meeting Peter Smith was selected to fill the vacancy left by Simon Dixon. Five candidates put their names forward and the Council was pleased that there is interest in joining the Council. Cllr. Smith will attend his first meeting in October.
BRACKEN TRUST SERVICES COME TO KNIGHTON
The Bracken Trust has secured Big Lottery funding to offer cancer support services in Knighton on the first Monday of each month. A large number of people from Presteigne have accessed their services in the past and they hope that by bringing them to Knighton this will make them more accessible to the people of Knighton, Presteigne and surrounding areas. The services at Knighton are based in the Community Centre and offer trained nurse, complementary and counselling therapy to anyone affected by cancer. Patients, carers or those who have experienced a cancer related bereavement are welcome to attend, free of charge. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Senior Nurse, Helen Davies. They will next visit Knighton on Monday 1st July 2019 from 12-4 .
Contact Helen Davies 01597 823646
NEW TOWN MAYOR AND DEPUTY FOR 2019-20
Elected at the meeting held on 15th May 2019 were: Cllr Trevor Owens - Mayor and Cllr. Fiona Preece - Deputy Mayor.
GARDEN WASTE BANKS APRIL 2019
Garden waste banks at community recycling sites in the county are to be removed over the next two weeks, Powys County Council has said.
The banks from 35 community recycling sites are being removed now that the council has introduced its fortnightly kerbside garden waste collection service.
To sign up to the new fortnightly garden waste collection service all you need to do is visitwww.powys.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 01597 827 465.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “Green waste banks at community recycling sites are unique to Powys but unfortunately they have been open to abuse by both fly-tippers and commercial gardeners. “We appreciate that the loss of the garden waste banks will require some adjustment from the community however we anticipate that the new kerbside service will increase the amount of compostable garden waste that we collect, provide a more convenient service for residents and also realise a saving to the authority.”
Those householders who do not wish to participate in the new service are able to continue to use the council’s household waste recycling centres or compost their green waste at home.
COMMUNITY ORCHARD PRUNING EVENT - 24TH FEBRUARY 2019
Pruning on Went's Meadow this Sunday 24th February at 10.30am. If you can spare an hour on Sunday morning (from 10.30am) it would be great to see you. We’ll be shown how to prune by Dani Davies of Skyborry Cider so no previous experience is necessary. If you have secateurs or a pruning saw bring them along. Look forward to seeing you there (Went’s Meadow trees down by the allotments).
JANUARY 2019: TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2019-20
At the meeting held on 16th January the budget for the coming financial year was set at £69630.00 an increase of £1621 from 2018-19. This will result in a Band D Council Tax resident payng £54.14 to the Council via their Council Tax. This is an increase of £1.09 per year from 2018-19.
OCTOBER, 2018: OUTDOOR GYM OPENING
Th outdoor gym installation was officially opened on 27th October by Town Mayor, Cllr. Kirkby. Thank you to all who attended and to Helen Bithell, Personal Trainer, who advised on the use of the equipment.
JULY, 2018: SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS
Outdoor Gym: The Town Council is delighted to announce that its application for funding for an outdoor gym on Went's Meadow has been successful. Thanks to the Big Lottery, #NationalLottery, for funding and to all those who voted to choose the items of equipment for the grant application.
A further site meeting will now take place with the contractor to agree a final location and the equipment will then be ordered.
Community Building, Went's Meadow, Capital Grant Success: The Town Council is pleased to announce that a recent application to the Powys County Council Community Regeneration & Development Fund has been successful and £15,000 has been awarded towards the cost of the new community building project on Went's Meadow.
JUNE 2018: PACDG RELEASE REGISTER OF MEETING PREMISES
PACDG have compiled a list of meeting places available in the area. Please click here for full list.
MAY 2018: TOWN AND COMMUNITY COUNCIL REVIEW POP IN SESSION
Welsh Government has appointed an independent panel to carry out a review of the Town and Community Council sector. Local Councils across Wales are being asked to host pop in sessions in their communities. The Town Council will be holding a session on Thursday 24th May from 2pm to 4.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Please call in to leave your comments or to chat to the Town Clerk and Councillors.
If you cannot make this session you can submit your comments direct to the Panel online at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/14C0S/
APRIL 2018: OUT OF HOURS HEALTH SERVICE IN POWYS
For latest information please click here to see the newsletter from Powys Teaching Health Board.
APRIL 2018: OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT CONSULTATION
Plans for some outdoor gym equipment on Went's Meadow are developing. The attached picture shows the possible equipment, four core items with a further four to be added from the choices given. Your views are important so please let us have your choices please comment with your choice (1b, 2a, 3b, 4a etc). Full details available in the town library from next Tuesday.
This project will be grant funded and will only go ahead if applications are successful.
Sunday March 4th from 10.30 AM - ‘Pruning Workshop’ on Went’s Meadow orchard. Bring your own pruning saws, loppers and secateurs. All welcome.
ODOUR/SEWAGE ISSUES HIGH STREET
High Street Sewerage Problems: Update from Welsh Water 31st January, 2018 - the sewers have been cleaned and cctv cameras have not revealed any repairs needed. Odour loggers are now in place to record instances and will stay in place for three weeks to try to identify a pattern and from that what might be causing the problem. Welsh Water are keen to receive reports of any further instances - please phone 0800 085 3968 (24 hour line) to report.
TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2018-19
Town Council budget set for 2018/19 at £68,009. This will mean an annual payment of £53.05 included within the Council Tax bill for a Band D property. An increase of £2.05 per year or slightly under 4p per week. This is an increase of 4% on 2017/18.
WENT’S MEADOW COMMUNITY BARN PROPOSAL
The Town Council has ben appraoched by Sheep Music to consider a Community Building on Went's Meadow and would like to seek your views on this.
Click here to view the full proposal and see the plan and designs.
This is a brief outline of what we are proposing as a possible Presteigne and Norton Town Council project with support from Sheep Music to build a permanent events venue on Went’s Meadow.
For years Went’s Meadow has been used as a location to hold community events such as Sheep Music and the Carnival as well as one off events and performances. On most occasions the group involved has had to rent marquees and other equipment such as staging and flooring to put on these events. Our proposal is to build a permanent structure to replace the need to rent some of this equipment and to encourage more community based events down on the field.
THE BARN DESIGN
Since it's inception, the design of the barn has been changed and refined based on speaking with events organisers, builders and community leaders. We have discussed extensively the location, orientation, construction and aesthetic of the building to come up with what we feel is a well considered plan.
The proposed barn is a 15m x 14m space comprising of a 15m x 8m main structure modelled after old fashioned dutch barns commonly seen in the surrounding area with a 3.5m wide lean-to at the rear and 2.5m cantilevered lean-to on the front. We have tried to maintain the appearance of a traditional barn on the outside of the building with more of a sense of a theatre on the inside.
The idea is to provide a structure that will be open and exposed when not in use so as not to create a hideaway for loitering trouble makers and will be able to be closed up for events to keep the weather out. This will be essentially possible because of the sliding doors which will be locked open when the barn is not in use and closed up when it is.
The vast majority of the structure stands over 12ft high on columns to keep it out of reach of vandals and the lower down walls will be very solidly built and not provide purchase to climb higher up the structure.
The barn is oriented towards the play park to strike a balance between maintaining a connection with the existing small barn which would likely be used for catering, bars etc. at events, keeping the open side of the barn out of the prevailing wind from the west and pointing the event noise away from nearby houses I.E. aiming for a corridor between the houses on Wilson Terrace and the new development on Knighton Road.
We will also run a supply of electricity into the barn to power lights, sound systems and any other equipment needed for events.
There are more detailed drawings available if you would like to see them.
BUILDING THE BARN
The plan is for the barn to be built by the community. We have talked to lots of people in the community willing to help, from experienced builders to enthusiastic amateurs.
We will organise a schedule of build days and rosters of volunteers to complete the project. We have already been offered some assistance with loans of tools and resources and will be able to get a better sense closer to the start of the build as to how much equipment we will need to rent or borrow.
FUNDING THE BARN
This is still in its early stages but we are starting to put together a plan of how raise funds to pay for the barn. We will be asking local groups such as Sheep Music, The Carnival, Mid-Border Arts, Presteigne Festival, The Town Council Etc. for donations. We are also looking at grants and funding for this kind of project and are in the beginning stages of putting together a crowd funding scheme aimed at local people who will feel the community will benefit from the barn.
We would like to propose that funding for the barn is over seen by the Town Council as they seem to be the better equipped of the two organisations to deal with _the budget.
Details of the cost break down as it currently stands are detailed later on in _this document
USING THE BARN
The primary aim of the barn is to make putting on community events on Went's Meadow easier. We have a lot of experience of putting on events down on the field and have a good sense of what could be improved and made easier.
The barn should be made available to anyone wanting to put appropriate events on for the community and should be available to use essentially for free but if an event is a success and makes enough money we would encourage the organisers to donate to a fund for the barn's upkeep.
ADOPTION OF THE BARN
We would like to propose that the barn be adopted by The Town Council as part of the whole entity that is Went's Meadow. Again of the two organisations The Town Council seems better equipped, being the land owners and the more long running of the _two organisations.
ANNOUNCING THE BARN PROPOSAL TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY
THE BARN PROPOSAL WAS ANNOUNCED ON 25th OCTOBER 2017
The proposal was announced through the following channels
1. A promoted Facebook post on the Sheep Music Facebook page
2. On the Sheep Music website
3. Printed posters and architectural drawings put up at the proposed site
4. Direct email correspondence with local groups
5. The Community Groups Fair on 28th October
Sheep Music paid for a promoted post on Facebook
Which means that Facebook promoted the post to lots of people in and around the area for 3 days
The post was also viewed by people already friends with Sheep Music on Facebook
All in all the post has reached 7881 people and has been liked by 210 people
It has been shared 28 times
And received one comment of ‘This is such a fantastic idea!’
SHEEP MUSIC WEBSITE & PRINTED INFORMATION
The detailed proposal and drawings are on the website and printed out and stuck up in the small existing barn.
RESPONSE FROM DIRECT EMAILS TO LOCAL GROUPS
Presteigne Festival Producer
“We at Presteigne Festival keenly support the proposal for a Community Barn on Went's Meadow. This would be a completely new type of venue for the town and area, not replicating any other available. It would offer us the chance to extend the type of event we could programme.
Presteigne Carnival Organiser
“We have our next carnival meeting in January, and I will take the plans, etc to the meeting. In the meantime, without having yet discussed with the committee, I think this is something we should get involved with, and thank you for including us.”
THE COMMUNITY GROUPS FAIR
We took a model of the barn and a copy of the latest drawings to the fair on the 28th October and talked to lots of people all day.
The response to the barn was almost universally good. Of the comments collected in the comments book they were all good.
Especially positive response from Paul Newman who is a local Tai Chi teacher and would love to have a place like the barn to go to to practice Tai Chi.
One person (unfortunately didn’t catch his name) was worried about vagrancy but thought the design of very open sides worked well to mitigate those problems.
OTHER EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE
Two people have contacted Sheep Music to discuss the barn proposal.
They have both expressed a positive response to the proposal but have reservations about what it will mean for the field moving forward.
The main reservation they both have is of more use of the field for amplified music concerts. Sheep Music’s position on this is basically that we have no say about who gets to use the field and this is ultimately a Town Council issue so we would pass their concerns on. The question of how the maintenance of the barn will be funded was raised. We are proposing that any community group that uses the barn and makes a profit from their event donate money to a fund that will be held in trust until it is needed. It was also asked if there would be increased vehicle traffic on the field which we don’t envision being significant in any way.
And will Sheep Music be responsible for the barn after it is built which the answer for is no. This project started by some members of Sheep Music but the ultimate plan is for the project to be adopted by the Town Council. Sheep Music are more of a support group for the project.
There has also been some email correspondence with organisers who have put on events on the field before as well.
They have all been very positive about the proposal but some people had concerns regarding the position of the barn and felt it was too close to existing barn and the landscaped stage. They felt it should be further down the field and pointing directly west to open up the field for larger events. At the moment the position of the barn is still proposed to stay where it is but the position will be discussed again at future meetings.
We have had corresponded and collaborated on the design with lots of people who run events in the area and local builders that will hopefully help to build the barn if it goes ahead.
The Town Council is considering applying for a grant to site several outdoor gym items near to the tennis court/scout hut. It has investigated possible items and layout and pictures are on the Town Council facebook page. The Council welcomes comments on this idea. Please email the Clerk at email@example.com to make your views known. Note that if grant funding is not obtained the project is unlikely to go ahead - it is not at present intended to fund this direct from the Town Council budget.
Waste and recycling collection rounds to be improved -
Waste and recycling collection rounds in the county will be improved to make it a more efficient service, Powys County Council has announced.
The council’s Cabinet yesterday (Tuesday, October 10) gave the go-ahead to optimise the household waste and recycling collection routes to make them more efficient and to meet proposed savings targets.
Although the council will optimise the routes, it will continue to collect waste and recycling five days a week, maintaining the current working pattern. However, the improved routes will mean that collection days for the majority of householders will change.
The council will continue to collect recycling and food waste on a weekly basis and residual waste every three weeks from 7.30am on collection days.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Given the numerous service changes that have occurred since the existing rounds were rolled out, they are not considered now to be as efficient as they could be. It is only right that we look where we can make improvements.
“By using route optimisation software, we will be ensuring that the waste and recycling collections rounds are as efficient as they can be. This will also help us save £275,000 by making improvements to our collection rounds.
“However, by revising the collection rounds, it will mean that a large number of householders will see a change in their collection day. We will still continue to collect recycling and food waste on a weekly basis and residual waste every three weeks from 7.30am on collection days.
“This is a very significant project and a great deal of work has already been carried out to improve the collection arrangements that comprise of nearly 250 rounds to service nearly 70,000 properties. There is still some work left to be done before we roll out the new collection rounds early in the new year.
“We are planning to roll out the new collection rounds from February 2018 and all householders will be informed by post of their new collection day closer to the time.”
Successful co-optees were - Norton Ward: Simon Dixon. Presteigne Ward: Fiona Preece, Lisa Veary.
JUNE 2017: COUNCIL VACANCIES
There are presently three vacancies - one for the Norton Ward and one for the Presteigne Town Ward. These will be filled by co-option and applications for consideration should be with the Clerk by 30th June 2017.
MAY 2017: COMMUNITY ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING BOOKED
Community Access Defibrillators - Training session arranged for Monday 3rd July at 7pm. East Radnorshire Day Centre. All welcome. Please make as many people as possible aware of the date.
Presteigne’s Skateboard Park, designed and built by Richard Rimington in 2000 with a small band of volunteers, had been showing some signs of age. In January 2016 Cllr Colin Kirkby (the then Mayor) met Tony Rees, Group Managing Director of Harpers who were building the new houses on Knighton Road and he very generously agreed to resurface the tarmac path around the top of the bowl, which was sinking in places. And last week a new tarmac path was laid. The Town Council is very grateful for this help from Harper’s and pictured is the Mayor John Wilding thanking Rob Crossland, Contracts Manager at Harper’s who supervised the work, along with Cllr Colin Kirkby and the newly elected County Councillor Beverley Baynham. This work is very timely as it will help the Skateboard Park get through its imminent RoSPA inspection.
COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION 4TH MAY 2017
Result: PRESTEIGNE ELECTORAL DIVISION
Name Candidate's description Votes
Banks, Garry Richard Independent 200
Baynham, Beverley Jane Independent 785 Elected
Toomey, Wendy Anne Independent 219
TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION 4TH MAY 2017
RESULTS PRESTEIGNE TOWN WARD
Bamford, Rose Lane 320 Elected
Banks, Garry Richard 299 Elected
Baynham, Beverley Jane 672 Elected
Bennett, Rory Jones 440 Elected
Hall Shipp, Sharon 128
Kirkby, Colin 520 Elected
Linnett, Pamela Mary 309 Elected
Owens, Trevor 452 Elected
Preece, Fiona Helen 291
Rimington, Owen Sinclair 257
Rogers, Nicholas Aaron 381 Elected
Taylor-Sanders, Margaret Ann 128
Toomey, Wendy Anne 312 Elected
Veary, Lisa Joanne 221
Williams, Mark Simon 111
RESULT NORTON WARD
Three candidates elected unopposed - Deb Edwards, Chris Ruby and John Wilding.
One vacancy for the Norton Ward. This will be filled by co-option. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
MAY 2017 WILSON TERRACE PLAY AREA
Car Springer ordered for Wilson Terrace Play Area today. 50% funded by Town Council grant from Tesco Bags of Help and 50% from the Playground mums. Contact Becky Barden for more information on the fund raising the mums are doing.
MAY 2017 COUNCIL VACANCIES -
The Council currently has one vacancy for the Norton Ward which will be filled by co-option. If you are interested in being considered for this vacancy please contact the Clerk for more information.
In addition due to the resignations of Garry Banks and Wendy Toomey the Council also now has two vacancies on the Town Ward. Notices regarding these vacancies will be displayed from 17th May. Initially ten residents may request a formal election for each if they wish. If this does not happen then the Council will proceed to co-opt as above.
March 2017: Presteigne Safe Routes in the Community Scheme
The Town Council is delighted to announce that following some lengthy work and discussions with the County Council and through a grant application made by the County Travel Officers, the Presteigne Safe Routes in Community Network Scheme has just been awarded funding of £300,000 from Welsh Government to improve routes to the town schools and encourage safe cycling and walking to those schools. Further discussions and information sessions will be held by the Travel Officers in Presteigne over the coming weeks. Information will be on the town website shortly. Sincere thanks to the County Officers who have put such hard work into the application. Map here.
November 2016: Powys Local Development Plan: Further Focussed Changes
The Town Council made the following comments -
Proposed retail development in Presteigne: the Town Council is concerned that development such as proposed may have an adverse effect on the present High Street.
Renewable energy: the Town Council objects to the inclusion of the local search areas at the end of the LDP process when the policy and sites will not be subject to the scrutiny that they would have been if included earlier in the process. The Council also has concerns for the impact on tourism in the County given the inevitable impact on the landscape that such developments would cause.
The Town Council would like to request the right to speak before the inspector and would also like its submission to be treated as a written representation.
In addition it was noticed that whilst three sites are initially listed for housing allocations (focussed changes document page 81), Joe Deakins Road, Knighton Road and the former Kaye Foundry Site in the appendix (pages 130/131) only two are listed and Knighton Road does not appear.
For archived information on the Town Council's earlier work on the LDP please scroll down to the Archives page.
January 2017: Nicola Humphreys
The Town Council is very sad to report on the death of Nicola Humphreys on 5th January 2017. Nicola was an exceptional person who was involved in so many ways in the community she had adopted and lived in for the last 40+ years. As well as being a current and previous member of Presteigne & Norton Town Council, she represented Presteigne for several years on the former Radnorshire District Council. But she served the community in so many other ways as well - setting up and helping to run Sheep Music and Broad Sheep, the monthly listing magazine which still continues today, playing in the popular combo The Tango Band, helping backstage at Presteigne Players productions, jointly running the Hat Shop Restaurant - the list goes on. She loved the community of Presteigne and was popular amongst many diverse groups of people and she will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Her close friend and fellow Cllr Colin Kirkby said "She was a very special person devoted to the community, and a wise councillor'.
December 2016: Mayor's Christmas Message:
2016 has been the usual eventful year in Presteigne with many popular community events such as the Street Party for the Queens Birthday in June, the wonderful Carnival and party on Went's Meadow in July, the internationally renowned Classic Music Festival in August, and the Vintage Sports Car Club Rally in October. The year was rounded off by a great Christmas Fair in the High Street in December. These events and the many other attractions in and around the Town mean that Presteigne is a wonderful place to live and visit. Accommodation providers report an excellent season.
Presteigne and Norton Town Council has been successful with a number of projects for the Community this year. It has part funded and taken over the new Multi Use Games Area and adjacent football field at Went's Meadow. It has successfully obtained grant funding to increase the size of the car park at the allotments, and install some new equipment at the playground. It has part funded the installation of a defibrillator in Norton and restored two of the benches in the village. It continues to support many organisations on the Town with annual grants.
Overshadowing all this good news there remains the very serious concern about the future of many of the assets and services in our community, and all across the country, due to impact of the government cutbacks. The Town Council is in ongoing negotiation with Powys County Council to try and find ways to take over assets and preserve services, such as the Day Centre, the Library, the Youth Club, Community Support, the Cemetary, and a host of other services and facilities. I remain hopeful that the County Council will support the Town Council in its efforts and that these services will be saved
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all in Presteigne and Norton the very best for 2017
October 2016: NORTON FIREWORKS - Norton Sports Committee are holding Norton Halloween Fireworks display on Sunday 30th October 2016 staring at 6.00p.m (location is in centre of village - see signs). Admission : Adults £2.50 Children (U16) free. Big Bonfire / Bar B-Q / Bar / Fancy dress and best pumpkin competitions.
October 2016: LIBRARY SERVICE, Results of consultation now out and available at http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/corporate/find-out-about-consultations-in-pow...
September 2016: ALLOTMENT GARDENS: Went's Meadow Allotments: Do you enjoy fresh veg? Would you like to grow your own? Now is the time to get your name on the list for an allotment garden. Application forms are available on the main Town Council page of this website. Apply now to go on the waiting list. Renewals for existing tenants run from 25th March and this is usually a time when some plots fall vacant.
September 2016: GRANT SUCCESS:
NOTE: The customer voting has been delayed until 31 October to 13 November.
Grant Application, Play Area, Wilson Terrace - The Town Council is delighted to announce that its grant application for a new piece of equipment for the Wilson Terrace Play Area has reached the final three in the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme. The project will now receive a minimum of £8000 with the possibility of £10,000 or £12,000 depending on the outcome of a public vote in stores. The equipment installed as a minimum will be the Hong Kong. Voting for the project will take place in the Tesco Store, Ludlow. Tokens will be handed out at the tills as you pay for your shopping - there is no minimum spend. Please encourage everyone you know to vote for the project. See more details on the bags of help scheme and a link to the website -http://www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
September 2016: LOCAL TRANSPORT GUIDE: A brief guide to local bus services and bus passes has been produced by Chris Lewis and will be available on the town website soon or by calling in at the library or Judge's Lodging.
July 2016: EU CITIZENS STATEMENT
The Town Council wishes to record the following statement. Residents from whatever nation are welcome in Presteigne and Norton and as a community we want to make everyone welcome. We will ensure that those residents from the EU and elsewhere in the world are welcome and we welcome the contribution they have made to the community.
May 2016: NEW MAYOR FOR PRESTEIGNE AND NORTON
At the annual meeting of the Town Council held last night Cllr. James Tennant-Eyles was elected Mayor and Cllr. Beverley Baynham was elected Deputy Mayor. Cllr. James Tennant-Eyles accepted the chain of office on Wednesday the 18th May for the coming Year. He said he was delighted to be taking over at such an important time for the Town. During the coming year he hoped that there would be satisfactory negotiations with Powys County Council for the takeover of an number of important assets in the Presteigne, thus securing the future of vital services in community such as the Youth Club, the Library, Community Support, the public toilets and the Cemetery.
He added that an important theme of his year as Mayor would be to address the issue of poor communication between the Town and the Town Council. He said he believed this was a matter of perception only as the Council already provides a full range of information about its activities on the Town Website, it puts printed information in the Library, it runs a Town Council Facebook page and it offers monthly Surgeries at the Farmers Market. In hopes of further improving communication the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor will attend all surgeries this year, there will be more frequent press releases, and the Council will work with the newly constituted Presteigne Area Community Development Group who will help the Town Council inform and consult the community on a range of important issues.
16th April 2016: POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATION ON THE LIBRARY SERVICE
The survey is focusing on the 11 smaller branch libraries across Powys although there is space to give alternative ideas on the broader library situation. PCC is particularly keen to hear from those residents who use the 11 libraries or have ideas about how they could be sustained.
The closing date for comments is Sunday 3 July 2016. Paper copies are in the library or the survey can be completed online via the link below.
15th March 2016 EASTER REFUSE COLLECTIONS
Easter collections: Message from County Council
Recycling and refuse collections will take place as normal over the Easter period, including Good Friday (25 March) and Easter Monday (28 March). Residents are being reminded to ensure that they place their recycling and refuse out by 7.30am on their usual collection day as the collection times may vary. The working arrangements were reviewed last year so that recycling and refuse collections will take place on bank holidays to minimise disruption to residents and traders. The only exception will be over the Christmas and New Year period when residents and traders will be notified of the alternative arrangements. It is important that residents recycle over the Easter period as this will help towards achieving the strict recycling targets set by Welsh Government. Cardboard packaging, envelopes and cards can be recycled in the blue paper and card box and hard plastic items and silver foil packaging usually found around Easter eggs can be recycled in the red plastic and cans box. Unfortunately we cannot accept plastic film (items such as carrier bags, bubble wrap, food bags, cling film) as it is very difficult to separate from the other material and very costly to recycle so this material should be placed in with your general refuse. Plastic film items and any incorrect items placed out for recycling will be left in the box with a card explaining why it has been left.
28th January 2016 SEARCH FACILITY
A new refuse and recycling collection search facility has been launched on the Powys council website which enables residents to enter their postcode, select their address and then be provided with a list of future refuse and recycling collection dates. This new search facility can be found on the ‘Bin Collection’ page at the following address: http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/bins-rubbish-recycling/bin-collection-day/
Residents can use this facility to check and make a note of their future waste collection dates
26th January 2016 RESOURCE EFFICIENT WALES
Resource Efficient Wales, a Welsh Government service which offers free impartial energy advice to households is keen to increase uptake across Powys. They provide:
• Tailored advice on simple behaviour changes and low cost improvements, to improving insulation or heating systems.
• Assistance on how to lower your energy bills
• Information on what local and national funding resources are available for those considering renewable technologies. Along with advice on finding accredited installers.
If you’d like a chat about possible links just get in touch or you can find more information on the website www.resourceefficient.gov.wales
Alan Macnaughton, Project Worker, Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency
The Lindens, Spa Road Ffôn/Phone Number 01597 828 871
Llandrindod Wells Ffôn Symudol / Mobile Number – 07966 491819
LD1 5EQ www.severnwye.org.uk
Dilynwch Severn Wye ar Drydar/Follow Severn Wye on Twitter: @Severn_Wye
9th December 2015: CHANGES TO REFUSE COLLECTIONS OVER CHRISTMAS
Usual collection day Revised collection day
Monday 21 December 2015 As normal
Tuesday 22 December 2015 As normal
Wednesday 23 December 2015 As normal
Thursday 24 December 2015 As normal
Friday 25 December 2015 (Christmas Day) Saturday 2 January 2016
Monday 28 December 2015 (bank holiday) As normal
Tuesday 29 December 2015 As normal
Wednesday 30 December 2015 As normal
Thursday 31 December 2015 As normal
Friday 1 January 2016 (New Year’s Day) Saturday 2 January 2016
Refuse collections (leftover non-recyclable waste):
Usual collection day Revised collection day
Monday 21 December 2015 As normal
Tuesday 22 December 2015 As normal
Wednesday 23 December 2015 As normal
Thursday 24 December 2015 As normal
Friday 25 December 2015 (Christmas Day) Saturday 2 January 2016
Monday 28 December 2015 (bank holiday) No planned refuse collections
Tuesday 29 December 2015 No planned refuse collections
Wednesday 30 December 2015 No planned refuse collections
Thursday 31 December 2015 No planned refuse collections
Friday 1 January 2016 (New Year’s Day) No planned refuse collections
21st November, 2015: THREE WEEKLY RUBBISH COLLECTIONS. The first three weekly waste collections will take place from next week, week beginning 23 November, for households whose last waste collection took place during the week beginning 2 November. Food waste and recycling collections will continue to be collected every week and the collection day will not change. PCC are urging residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible and minimise the amount going to landfill. With support from residents they can meet both their recycling and budget targets.
Households with six or more people living in the property, two or more children in nappies, producing incontinence waste or non-infectious clinical waste such as colostomy bags may be eligible for additional capacity. This can be requested by contacting the council and an assessment will be arranged. If residents find that they are over filling their recycling boxes each week, additional recycling boxes can also be requested by contacting the council on 0845 602 7035 or on the website http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/bins-rubbish-recycling/get-a-new-bin-or-box-h...
More information on three weekly rubbish collections is available on website www.powys.gov.uk/recycle
18th November, 2015: POSTAL OFFICE SERVICES FOR NORTON
The Post Office has today confirmed that a home service will be provided to Norton residents. The service run from the Kington office will allow residents to telephone to request post office products and services including stamps, mails acceptance, travel money and manual bill payments. These services will be delivered to the door under a designated time slot. Please telephone 01544 230301 to register for this service. Demand will be used to assess the need for post office services in the village.
CHANGE TO THREE WEEKLY RUBBISH COLLECTIONS
Changes will take place in November. A calendar of future collection dates can be downloaded here. Residents should all receive an information pack.
OPENING MORNING MUGA/TENNIS COURT, WENT'S MEADOW: 15TH AUGUST 10.00 A.M.
Programme: Formal Opening by Town Mayor, Cllr. Kirkby MBE 10.00 am
Free Coaching Taster Sessions - 10.30 am - 11.30am Tennis Under 8s, 11.45 am - 12.45pm Over 8s
Football Skills with Presteigne St. Andrews Colts - 10.30 am - 11.30 am Under 10s, 11.45 am -12.45 pm Over 10s
Football Fun with Presteigne St. Andrews Colts
10.30am to 12.00 pm
Free Security Marking for your child's bike on the day with Dyfed-Powys Police
Note: Numbers for free sessions will be limited. All Welcome.
BANK HOLIDAY REFUSE COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS MAY 2015
The County Council recently reviewed its bank holiday working arrangements and it was agreed that recycling and rubbish collections will now take place on bank holidays to minimise the disruption to residents and traders. Therefore, collections that fall on a bank holiday will no longer be disrupted and will be collected as per normal, with the exception of Christmas and New Year. Collections will take place as normal over the May bank holidays. Householders are reminded to ensure that their recycling and rubbish is put out for collection by 7.30am as the collection times may vary.
TOWN COUNCIL PRECEPT SET FOR 2015/16
At the meeting on 21st January the Council precept was set at £44 per band D property, an overall budget of £54,143.32. This represents an increase of £4 per Band D property. The new budget includes funding for the running of two additional toilet sites in the town as well as the running of the refurbished tennis courts, MUGA and adjacent football pitch.
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL CHRISTMAS REFUSE COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS posted 15th December 2014
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP SESSIONS posted 28th August, 2014
These commence in late September and the nearest venue to Presteigne is Knighton Community Centre on 3rd October. There will be two sessions each day for pre-booked attendance or a drop in session from 6 to 8pm. Please contact Melanie Hardwick on 01597 826160 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMEMORATION OF WORLD WAR 1 posted 31st July, 2014
Church Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, this Sunday 3rd August. Parade from Cenotaph 10.40am, Service start at 11 am.
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