An introduction to Kerry Community Council (and the villages it serves)
Kerry Community Council serves the villages of Kerry, Sarn and Dolfor and is one of the largest community councils in the county of Powys. Although the villages have expanded in recent years, farming continues to be at the forefront of the local economy and all three villages remain close-knit rural communities, each with their own distinct identities.
There are 13 Councillors; two from Dolfor, three from Sarn and eight from Kerry, who are either elected or co-opted.
KCC also has two paid employees:
- The Proper Officer of the Council or Clerk/RFO, who acts as the representative of the Council, dealing with all administration, keeping records and advising Council on policy and legal requirements. The Clerk/RFO is responsible for Council’s financial records and administration.
- The playground Caretaker, who inspects our playgrounds on a weekly basis and reports to Council any issues found.
The villages are only split when it comes to the unitary map produced by the Welsh government, Kerry and Sarn being represented by one County Councillor and Dolfor being aligned with another representing Llandinam with Dolfor.
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month (there are no meetings in August or December unless any urgent business arises). The venue alternates between the village halls of the three villages. Agendas and Minutes for meetings are posted on the individual notice boards in each village and also on this website. Residents are welcome to attend meetings but will need to seek prior permission from the Chair if they wish to speak. This can be obtained by contacting the Clerk.
KCC’s main assets and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the maintenance and upkeep of the Grade II listed 19th century carriage bridge, the public conveniences, two playgrounds, a grassed play area, the cemetery and Dolforgan Park including the avenue of trees subject to preservation orders. These assets are all located in the village of Kerry.
Each year KCC distributes small grants to local organisations to assist with projects intended to benefit the wider community. The various groups, clubs and organisations which can benefit from these grants offer a wide range of entertainment, activities, and sports for all ages and abilities.
The villages host many events throughout the year including the Dolfor Agricultural Show, Kerry Fun Day; a Beer Festival; Craft Fairs and Christmas Events.
Kerry has its own monthly publication, the ‘Kerry News’ – copies are available from the village shop. Sarn
both host their own social media platforms. There is also a Facebook page
which aims to keep all three villages updated with both legislative and local information.
Kerry Community Councillors will always endeavour to abide by the Local Government Association’s Code of Conduct and to manage the assets and resources of the Council for the benefit of their local communities.
More information about the KCC villages and their unique histories and ancient buildings can be found within this website.