Role of the Council
Ceulanamaesmawr Community Council serves all the residents of the community, which includes the villages of Tal-y-bont and Bont-goch. Currently, the Council has 11 elected members. Although the Ceredigion County Council ward is also called Ceulanamaesmawr, the County Councillor for the area also represents two other neighbouring communities, Llangynfelyn and Ysgubor y Coed, in addition to Ceulanamaesmawr.
In line with other local councils, Ceulanamaesmawr Community Council operates through committees and sub-committees. The full council meets on the last Monday of every month (apart from August and December) in the Memorial Hall, Tal-y-bont. Most of the Council’s business is conducted at these meetings, which are advertised in advance and members of the public are welcome to attend.
The Council’s activities are funded through the Council Tax but, unlike the County Council, it does not receive an annual grant from the Welsh Government. The Council employs one officer, namely a part-time Clerk.
The council is responsible for the following: providing and maintaining play equipment in the children’s playground (Cae Bach); ground maintenance at Cae Bach, Maes-y-deri playingfield and the village green (Patshyn Glas); management and maintenance of the public cemetery. Also the Council provides and maintains public benches throughout the area.
The council is keen to improve the quality of life, to promote social activities, and to safeguard the language and culture as well as the rural nature of the area. In practical terms, the Council offers financial support on an annual basis to a number of local societies and organisations which promote the social life, the language and culture of the area.
The council also functions as a link between local inhabitants and Ceredigion County Council by drawing their attention to matters that are the responsibility of the County Council such as the conditions of the roads, footpaths, street lights and public toilets. The Community council also plays a part in the consultation process on all planning applications in the community and presents views on local development plans.
The Council also responds on behalf of the inhabitants to numerous consultative documents on the strategies and policies of public bodies such as Ceredigion County Council, Welsh Government, Hywel Dda Health Board and the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.