Hirwaun & Penderyn 
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The Community Council

The community council is the local council and as such responsible for local civic responsibilities. Responsibilities are a matter of agreement between the local council and the county borough council and as a result different local councils often have different responsibilities to each other and a local councils responsibilities may change over time.

Councillors are elected over a five year period and in this time may also fill occasional vacancies by co-opting a member.

The council is supported in its work by their Executive Officerl who is responsible for the councils administration and organisation and providing advice and guidance on all matters. The Executive Officer is also the "Responsible Officer" to the local council to ensure that the public money they receive is properly accounted for and audited.

Whilst Councillors are voluntary and unpaid, the Executive Officers role is a part time paid post.

The main source of funding for a community council is through a precept which is an amount charged per head of population and paid through the council tax.

The local Council supports local organisations that have general charitable intentions to benefit the community but seldom directly provides grants. It does however spend money on things such as floral displays in the community, Christmas lights and the  provision of bus shelters, which are clearly of benefit to the community.

The Council in addition may undertake a capital project to further the benefits of the local communities and when such an event is planned details will appear on the notice page here and in the minutes together with such other notice as may be justified.

The local council is fully committed to the Nolan principle of openness in all its business and welcomes enquiries and suggestions from the public.

Except in very limited circumstances the council is of the view that it will provide information reasonably requested by members of the community as promptly as it can and will be happy to discuss council matters with members of the public within reason and again subject to very limited exceptions such as Data Protection laws. The Council may charge in such circumstances for the administrative costs incurred.

The Council in any event can make available photocopying facilities at a reasonable charge.

The Council owns, or has responsibility for, a number of buildings in the local area including the Village Hall in Hirwaun and The Old Fire Station, Hirwaun. Details on these buildings can be found by clicking HERE.