About Valley Community Council
Valley Community Council is served by 12 Community Councillors.
We are elected by local residents and our period of office is normally four years. These elections are held in May at the same time as other local/general elections. Any vacancies that occur between elections (for example, by the resignation of a councillor) are advertised and filled by election or co-option.
Community Councils provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people. We act in the interest of the whole community by making decisions and recommendations to improve quality of life and the environment. Consulting and listening to the residents to understand their needs, their wishes and their concerns is an essential aspect of our work.
Valley Community Council has a wide range of duties and powers. We are responsible for the provision of a number of services which are listed below under “Services we provide”. We also have the right to comment on planning applications, public rights of way issues, traffic calming measures, local bye-laws etc. We are no longer consulted on licensing issues.
The Council employs a part time Clerk who acts as the Responsible Financial Officer who carries out the administrative work associated with the day to day running of the Community Council.
Services we provide:
- We manage and maintain the Ynys Wen Community Cemetery and hold a Register of Burials for the cemetery.
- We manage Parc Mwd, the park off Station Road, Valley including the provision of the football pitches, benches, boules area, footpaths.
- We lease the children’s play area on Spencer Road, Valley and provide and maintain the equipment and the site itself.
- We represent the residents of the Valley Community, we convey their concerns to the Community Council and, through it, to the County Council and Welsh Assembly Government and any other agency where it is appropriate to do so;
- We report back to residents on issues affecting the Community;
- We negotiate with, and influence, those other organisations that make decisions that affect the community;
- We are consulted and give our views on Planning Applications;
- We are consulted and give our views on highway maintenance issues, traffic calming matters, parking issues, street naming etc.
- We deal with Public Rights of Way issues – footpath and bridleway maintenance;
- We maintain the bus shelters, the clock and the community benches within the village.
- One Community Councillor serves on the Board of Governors for Valley Community School. We serve on other Committees and Boards on behalf of the Community.
- We can spend a limited amount of money on anything that is deemed of benefit to the community;
- We give donations to local charitable causes.