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Coeden Nadolig Alltwen / Alltwen Christmas Tree

Noson lwyddiannus iawn yn Yr Alltwen ar y 3ydd o Rhagfyr. Pawb wedi joio goleuadau’r goeden a Sion Corn! Diolch i bawb wnaeth helpu i’w wneud yn noson i’w gofio. Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda oddi wrth bawb yng Nghyngor Cymuned Cilybebyll.

A successful evening in Alltwen on 3rd December. Everyone enjoyed the lighting and Santa’s visit! Many thanks to everyone who helped make it a night to remember. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Cilybebyll Community Council.




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.

Grants awarded in April

Council was pleased to award grants to four organisations who work in the Cilybebyll area at its April meeting.  Alltwen Heels WI Craft Club, Alltwen Bowls Club, Cylch Cwmtawe Urdd Gobaith Cymru and the Welsh Air Ambulance Service are set to benefit from the Council’s small grants fund.  Applications from local groups are always welcome and the next meeting to consider grants will be in October 2018.  If you are interested, go to the Library page and Forms and make an application.

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”.