Welcome to Kerry Community Council.
Serving the villages of Kerry, Sarn & Dolfor.
An introduction by the chairman of 2012/15
Kerry Community Council is one of the largest in Powys, having 1609 electors and covering s the villages of Kerry, Dolfor and Sarn.. Although farming is an important part of the local economy, the council represents a very varied community with many residents traveling considerable distances to their place of work.
Kerry is a very ancient settlement and its Norman church dates back to 1176.
Nevertheless it is a thriving village, with its local primary school, Baptist chapel, hairdresser, shop and post office, village hall and two public houses. There are many local organisations, such as the Womens’ Institute, bowling and football clubs, to mention but three. The village also has its own monthly newspaper, “The Kerry News”, with a circulation of 550. Copies are available from the village shop.
The council comprises two members from Dolfor, three from Sarn and eight from Kerry. It meets at 7.30 on the last Wednesday of the month. The venue alternates between the village halls of the three villages. Agendas and minutes of meetings are posted in each village and also on this website. Members of the public are always welcome to attend the meetings.
The council’s responsibilities are varied and include advising the planning authority, Powys County Council, on applications from the three communities. It also owns the listed, early nineteenth Century Dolforgan Carriage Bridge, Kerry Cemetery, and several recreational facilities and children’s’ playgrounds. Each year it distributes over £6000 of council tax payers’ money to local organisations, including the three village halls within its area.
It has been a pleasure to write this short introduction to Kerry Community Council and I know that other parts of the website will add further information about this part of Wales. Local readers who will know that it is a wonderful place to live, but if you are not familiar with our area I urge you to pay us a visit; I am certain that you will not be disappointed.
Cllr. David Hughes.
A light hearted introduction to your Council By the Clerk
This is a new era for Kerry Community Council as we step a little nervously into the wonderful world of the World Wide Web. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the Clerk to your Community Council, who is also taking a rather nervous step long side you.
I became your Clerk in May 2012. And never having worked as a Clerk before and I can tell you now I wasn’t sure that I was fit for purpose! Can’t spell for toffee!! Thank you spell check.
It was a steep learning curve and was I off to a flying start by turning up late to my first Council meeting because I had spent the last half hour sitting outside the wrong Village Hall. I was up and running (with palpitations ) leaving behind me a trail of typing errors and 13 Councillors who were being ever so polite and patient with me.
I would like to thank Jane Rees, the outgoing Clerk, for all her help and support over the past two years.
My biggest thanks must go to all members of Kerry Community Council for their support, patience and the ability to keep a straight face as I attempted to look as though I knew what I was doing. I tried to smile intelligently when they spoke of Welsh place names which I couldn’t even pronounce never mind spell. I was still trying to remember every body’s name and they are asking me to write posh letters to people I didn’t know, about issues I didn’t understand and at addresses I couldn’t pronounce.
So what have I learnt about Kerry Community Councillors?
- “So is it jobs for the boys”? Yes, because no one else will do it. Jobs for the boys it maybe but done at “Mates Rates” or more likely free of charge.
- “Only in it for what they can get”? Possibly, but what they do get is to be at the end of the phone when you have a problem, to realise they will never please all of you and therefore will make themselves unpopular at times.
- “Someone should do something about that”? Your Councillors are that “someone”. They walk round the village with plastic bags in their pockets to clear up dog dirt. They go home and get the tools to fix the nails hanging out of the fence in the children’s playground. They spend a week-end planting blossoms trees in the cemetery extension. They spend their evenings reading safety reports about the playground equipment, the state of the trees, the cemetery. They report the pot holes in the road, the blocked drains; they fight for the best flood defences for the village.
- “Yeah, but what about those planning applications”? Contrary to popular belief your Councillors are not able to grant planning permission. What they are able to do, is to pass on their local knowledge to the planning officers at Powys County Council. There is many a time a Councillor will take time out from a busy day to visit the site of an application simply so they can give an informed view to the planning officer. There is real concern that they give a fair and responsible response. Kerry, Sarn and Dolfor are not retirement villages but vibrant, working communities struggling to maintain the surrounding natural beauty and at the same time insuring that it is possible for the next generation to earn a living in their home village.
- “And the Wind Farms”? Kerry Community Council is spending a vast amount of time and effort representing your views at the Public Inquiry. Councillors regularly attend Inquiry meetings; they submit your views in their own time and at their own expense. They know they are your views because they asked every single one of you how you felt. I can promise you that every single comment made in the recent questionnaire was read and noted. No other local Community Council has taken greater steps then Kerry to allow you to voice your opinions.
- “Pride in their Community”? Your Council is a cross section of people. There are those who have lived locally for many generations and others who have recognised the beauty of the area and have chosen to move here. They represent all walks of life but the one common principle they hold is an appreciation and a drive to preserve the Community as a whole.
- “The Pay”? Zero
- “So why do it”? A sense of achievement; of being able to make a difference and the chance to be a part of group of people who at least once a month come together and just enjoy and take pleasure in what they do. Looking back in the attendance book which starts in 1910, I note that Cllr. Hywel Jones (Sarn) who sadly passed away last December had been serving your Council for 27 years and during that period had only missed 3 meetings. Further down the page I find another Councillor who first took office in 1974 and is still going strong. There is young blood too, the younger generation taking an active role in the future of their village. One thing to note ladies; there are at the moment, no female Community Councillors but we are lovingly looked over by your County Councillor, Mrs Kath Roberts-Jones.
Don’t take my word for it. Kerry Community Council invites you to attend their meetings, so why not come along and see for yourself?
I hope you enjoy and use of this Web-site which is financed by Powys County Council. Please feel free to submit to Council listings of any forth coming events or snippets of news you feel would be of interest to us all. Simply email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bye for now,
Now where is my dictionary?
Not even spell check knows what I’m talking about now!!!