Chairman’s Report 2017-2018
Twelve months ago when I had the honour of becoming your Chairman, I said then that I thought it was a good opportunity as we did have a very good Clerk and it has gone on to prove she has done an excellent job keeping me in line and presenting our finances and all our papers in good working order.
Many thanks Angela
I have tried to give all Councillors the opportunity to express their opinions before Council when making their decisions.
The year has been very interesting with wide differences of topics.
The one sorry loss was losing Cllr. David Hughes and to the fact that we have not been able to fill the vacancy for Sarn. However we have new councillors coming on board and I am sure they will add to our council.
There to me have been four main planning applications, two on Common Road which were very well attended by the public and a long debate was held. I do however; believe we came to the right result.
The second and third was the planning applications in Sarn, dealt with by Cllr. P. Dyer Cllr. David Jones. There was some success on the outcome by reducing the number of houses, but it seems that the planning authority had made up their mind and we seem to be stuck with their thoughts.
The forth application was for a lot of double yellow lines in the village of Kerry. After long and arduous discussion at council and with the public it was decided that we could not see the need for any lines. This was one of the most disappointing things of my twelve months as Chairman as after a democratic vote was taken one or two councillors proceeded to try and undermine the council’s decision. As Cllr. I. Jones said at the time it was the first time in his 30 years as councillor he had known this.
The rest of planning was connected to mostly poultry units and domestic improvements.
I would like to thank the Amenities Committee as a whole, but especially, Cllr. V. Wildish, Cllr. D. Hughes (at the start of the year) and now Cllr. A. Osborne who I am sure will continue the good work.
I am still of the opinion, that now after we lose the grant funding it will be a very sound project.
Councillors who attend committees such as The Montgomery Cluster Group and One Voice Wales do a vital job in coming back and reporting to Council so we can discuss matters arising.
Although KCC were against the Wind Farms, I think after the event it is important we get the best out of them.
Cllr. David Jones and Cllr Ivor Jones serving on the committee have produced excellent results with good grants going to Dolfor and Kerry out of the funding.
And The Future.
The next twelve months I think could be quiet testing, as there seems to be a lot of procedures coming from the Welsh Government and Powys County Council which I think will test a lot of the reasons I became a Councillor, which was to try and help the local Community.
Cllr. Michael Morgan. (Chairman)