Appointment of Clerk to the Council

Cilybebyll Community Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Nia Parr-Williams as the new Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer as from the 01 October 2018. Nia is currently part time Clerk to Ystalyfera Community Council and will assume her role with Cilybebyll on a similar basis, working independently and in tandem for the two councils. Nia’s experience of working in the town and community councils sector will benefit the Council and residents of the Cilybebyll area. She has also worked in the education sector, is a resident of the Swansea Valley and a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera.

Chairperson of the Council, Yvonne James said: I am delighted that Nia has agreed to join us. Living in Godre’r Graig, Nia is familiar with the type of challenges facing our communities in maintaining services at the most local level, and her commitment and enthusiasm to work with our residents through the Council presents exciting opportunities for the future.”

Nia stated: “I am looking forward to meeting the residents of Cilybebyll and working with Cilybebyll Community Council which has a long history of representing the views of residents and delivering a wide range of services.”

During October, Nia will be working alongside the existing Clerk to ensure that there is a successful handover of responsibilities, and can be contacted on the Council’s e-mail address

Rhos Park Drainage Improvement

Now that the football season is almost over, the Council will be undertaking renovation and drainage improvements at Rhos Park, to ensure that it can be used for many years to come. Ecosolve Ltd will be on site in late May early June to complete the work, and although the Park will be open for use, members of the public are asked to respect the renovation work being done.

Rhos Playground Proposals get the Green Light

Councillors at Cilybebyll Community Council were informed at a recent meeting that their application for a £50,000 grant from WREN to assist with the redevelopment of its playground at Rhos Park in the Swansea Valley had been successful.  The Council has drawn up proposals with Sutcliffe Play to improve the existing facilities over two years, and funding for the first phase is now in place.  It is likely that work will start in the summer with the second phase to be completed in 2017.  Local residents have been calling for improvements for some time and the Council is pleased that it is now able to respond, and create a playground in Rhos Park that will be more attractive to local children.

The money awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will be used to provide new play equipment, safety surfacing and playground fencing.  The funding bid and proposals were compiled by the Community Council following consultation with local residents facilitated by officers at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.  The Community Council will manage the project and is itself contributing £23,000 with a further £35,000 to be committed after April 2017.  A number of local organisations supported the bid.

The playground improvements form part of a wider programme delivered by the Council, and this programme has recently resulted in the provision of changing rooms, new toilets and an improved car park at the site.  Local volunteers have also been supported in their quest to deliver allotments and a community garden in the Park.  This new investment is the latest phase of this ambitious programme to improve these vital facilities serving the communities of Cilybebyll and beyond.

Chairperson of Cilybebyll Community Council, Councillor Alex Thomas said: “The Council recognised that it needed to improve the playground some time ago and appreciates the support of WREN in assisting with the cost.  It will make the facilities more appealing and challenging for local children, and will further reinforce the role of Rhos Park as an important location where residents can spend some leisure time.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.  Meleri Jones, WREN Grant Manager commented “this play area is in desperate need of upgrading and we are pleased to support this project”.

Rhos Community Centre Toilet Improvements – Press Release

Council flushed with success

Councillors at Cilybebyll Community Council are celebrating the completion of improvements to the toilet facilities at Rhos Community Centre in the Swansea Valley.  At a recent meeting, the changes were declared an overwhelming success that would benefit all users of the Community Centre and adjoining Rhos Park.

In order to progress the work the Council successfully bid for £15,000 awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group (WRG), administered and distributed by Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), and contributed over £7,000 from its own budget.

A number of groups who use the Centre supported the successful funding bid which allowed the Council to appoint Swansea contractors Edmunds Webster Ltd. to undertake most of the work, supported by its own staff and volunteers.

The building was previously improved by the addition of new changing rooms for the playing field in the Park, and this new investment is the latest phase of the Council’s ambitious programme to improve these vital facilities serving the communities of Cilybebyll and beyond.  The Council is also engaged in discussions to establish allotments nearby and exploring the possibility of upgrading the playground at the Park.

Chairperson of Cilybebyll Community Council, Councillor Nicola O’Sullivan said: “The Council recognised that it needed to improve the facilities some time ago and appreciates the support of WREN in assisting with the cost.  It will make the building more amenable for existing users and more attractive for those who may use it, and is part of our wider programme to provide modern facilities for local residents.  We are pleased with the outcome and encouraged to press on with further improvements when we can”.