Community and town councils are the grassroots level of local governance in Wales.

There are over 730 community and town councils throughout Wales. Some represent populations of fewer than 200 people, others populations of over 45,000 people; but they all work to improve the quality of life and environment for citizens in their area.

Community and town councils are accountable to local people and have a duty to represent the interests of the different parts of the community equally.

About 8,000 people in Wales give voluntary service as community and town councilors. For some, this work is the first step towards political careers at higher levels in local or national government.

In 1889 Oystermouth Urban District Council was established and was responsible for local administration until it voted in 1918 to hand over its powers to Swansea. It ceased to exist in 1923 and Oystermouth and Mumbles came under the direct control of Swansea.

Many in the area regretted the loss of administrative autonomy, so, when the opportunity arose in the 1980’s, there was wide support for the establishment of a Community Council.

The main instigator, Mr. Victor Carney, together with Mrs. Val Bevan, Mrs. Peggy Jones, Mr. Maurice Edwards and Mr. Werner Sivertson, amongst others, campaigned hard to bring this about. They were successful and in 1983 Mumbles Community Council came into being under the Chairmanship of Werner Sivertson.

The first Clerk to the Council, Mr. Peter Douglas – Jones was succeeded by Mrs. Liz Taylor, Mr. John Pickard (who held the post for 15 years) and Mr. Alastair Wilson. The present Clerk is Mr. Steve Heydon.

At first, Mumbles Community Council led a peripatetic existence, holding its meetings in various schools and halls, until it leased an office in Walters Crescent in April 1997.

The Community Council wards and the number of councillors for each are Mayals (3), Newton (4), Oystermouth (5) and West Cross (6). Over the years, they have worked together to represent the people of Mumbles, support local organisations, improve the street scene and the environment and provide enhanced services. The work of the Council is funded by the precept – a relatively small amount paid by domestic council tax payers to enable the Community Council to carry out its work.

Large projects, such as the improvements around Bracelet Bay, have been delivered through working arrangements with the City and County of Swansea; such agreements are likely to increase in the future as more powers are devolved to community councils.

A great day was had by all. Plenty of sunshine and lots of wonderfully strange craft took to the calm waters off Mumbles Prom at Norton and headed in the direction (I think) of Knab Rock. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress were aboard the RNLI Lifeboat as was the Chairman of Mumbles Community Council encouraging the ‘racers’.
All this was in aid of collecting monies towards the purchase of the new Tamar class lifeboat.

The Swansea Leader reports that the Swansea Council are introducing quad bins over the coming months as part of a campaign to encourage residents ( and I presume visitors) to dispose of their recyclables as thoughtfully as they do at home.
These on-street bins will have pink and green logos for recycleable materials and non-recyclable material bins will have a black logo to echo the bags residents use at their homes.
It is reported that £50,000 has been set aside for this project and they will be placed in all town centres and other busy areas throughout Swansea.
Please be the first to let us know where you have sighted the first one in Mumbles