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At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday evening, Mumbles Community Council set their budget for 2020/21. It was a long meeting and hard decisions had to be made to ensure that exciting initiatives in response to the top priorities, as identified by residents and local businesses in the Community Plan consultation, can be taken forward while ensuring that the overall budget remained broadly in line with that in 2019/20. The budget was set at £569,625 so the annual precept for band D payers will be £57.99, just £2.70 a year more than last year.

The top three Priorities identified by the Consultation were Transport Issues, A Cleaner and Better Maintained Local Area and Outdoor Spaces. We have therefore ensured that much of our work next year supports these priorities as well as ensuring support for and compliance with the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

  • We are aiming to create a low-speed environment to improve safety for both road users and pedestrians at West Cross top-shops and will use this as a pilot which, if successful, will be replicated in other key areas in future years.
  • A key priority for our residents is addressing on-going issues with litter, dog mess and poorly maintained public areas and we will be undertaking a number of initiatives to tackle these. Due to the importance attached to these issues, we will be appointing an Environmental Engagement Officer to co-ordinate this work, maximise access to and use of our wonderful local environment and to ensure that we can provide a rapid response to identified concerns.
  • We are hopeful that approval for the development of the Skatepark will soon be finalised and money ringfenced from the current year’s budget will provide match-funding for grant applications to undertake the work.
  • We have allocated a further £100,000 towards the redevelopment of the Underhill Park changing rooms and provision of new public toilets. This will mean that, should Mumbles Community Association be in a position to start work sooner than the projected start date of May 2021, funding will be available.

The Community Plan consultation also confirmed strong support for the Community Council to take on the lease of the Ostreme Centre. The terms have now been agreed with the Diocese of Brecon and Swansea and this will secure the long-term future of the Centre as a community facility. We have allocated £20,000 to undertake immediate maintenance and repairs while we consider long-term plans for more extensive refurbishment of the building.

“I would like to thank all Councillors, and particularly the Chairs of the Well-being Committees, for their hard-work in preparing an exciting and ambitious programme for next year. Although we will not be able to take all the initiatives forward next year, we will continue with further work on them with a view to funding them in future years.” Cllr. Carrie Townsend Jones, Chair

Please download and read the full budget here

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

A Special Council Meeting will be held on 21st November 2019 at 7.00pm in the Minor Hall, Victoria Hall, 6 Dunns Lane, Mumbles, SA4 9BW. Please note the change of venue

The meeting is open to the public and is being held to discuss an auditor’s report issued by the Auditor General for Wales.

The Auditor General for Wales has issued a Report in the Public Interest under Section 22 of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004. The title of the report is ‘Expenditure on Planning Consultants – Mumbles Community Council’. The report highlights significant deficiencies in procurement arrangements and governance in relation to the Council’s expenditure on planning consultants.

Join us on Sunday 13th October for an evening with international acclaimed pianist Margaret Fingerhut in aid on Swansea City of Sanctuary.

Through music and words, Margaret tells the story of the many composers who were refugees because of war persecution, or who migrated for their work. Her programme include Chopin, Greig, Handel, Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, and has specially commisstioned a new piece by Arian. the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the refugee Nation Anthem for the 2016 Olympics

Tickets are £15 online via Eventbrite or call Tracy on 078117755698

 

 

Thank you to all those that took part in our Online Community Plan survey. We will put your thoughts into consideration in regards to the Community Plan

Please note that the survey is now closed and no more entries will be accepted.

The work of Mumbles Community Council aims to contribute to the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of everyone living in the area. We aim to reflect the spirit of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and have restructured our committees to ensure we focus on these four elements of well-being.

Mumbles Community Council has been working with an organisation called Urban Foundry to develop a Community Plan. The Plan will outline the priorities for the Council and guide what we do for the next five to ten years.

View Mumbles Community Plan Newsletter

People in the picture are Bill Martin, Mayor of Havre de Grace (seated), Deputy Lord Mayor of Swansea, Mark Child and Deputy Lady Mayoress, Marion Child.

Twenty American visitors from Havre de Grace, Maryland, arrived in Mumbles on 5th September for a five-day visit to mark the start of a new twinning relationship between the two communities.

The idea of twinning was first suggested by Debby Stathes, who with her husband Chris has a holiday flat in Langland. Debby, who was born in Swansea, now lives in Havre de Grace but returns to Langland at least once annually. Each time she made the trip she became more aware of similarities between the two communities: seaside locations (Havre de Grace is on Chesapeake Bay), lighthouses, a history of fishing and seafood harvesting, and so on. “But it was only when I found out that Mumbles was already twinned with Hennebont that I realised there was an existing mechanism to formally link Havre de Grace with Mumbles,” she said.

The centrepiece of the inaugural visit was the charter-signing ceremony on 7 September at Swansea’s Guildhall presided over by Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mark Child, who represents West Cross on Swansea Council. The charter of twinning, created by the Gorseinon calligrapher Judith Porch, was signed by Havre de Grace’s City Mayor, William T Martin, Mumbles Community Council’s Chair, Carrie Townsend Jones, and the chairs of the two twinning associations, Debby Stathes and David Townsend Jones. Afterwards Councillor Child led them to the Lord Mayor’s Parlour to sign the Visitors’ Book.

Other highlights included a guided tour of Swansea University’s Bay Campus, a ‘Stumbles Around Mumbles’ literary guided walk led by the Lighthouse Theatre Company, the opening concert of the Mumbles Festival of Music & The Arts, a day trip to the St Fagans Food Festival and a twmpath featuring the Tawerin Dance Company at Mumbles Pier.

The visitors stayed with host families from Mumbles Community Council and the Twinning Association of Mumbles. A return visit to Havre de Grace is scheduled for October 2020.