Bank holiday Monday saw Llanwrtyd Wells come alive with its first ever street market. With the weather on our side the local Community came together to enjoy a fun day of French Crepe making , stalls of all kinds and mouthwatering food.There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and the Mayor , Mr Peter James, commented that it was good to see the Community come together to kickstart the fundraising for an exciting new project on Dolwen field.
Thankyou to all those stall holders who got up with the lark to make their stalls look wonderful , to all those who made the Square look great with the bunting and ferrying tables back and forth, to the band who never fail to make me want to dance with their music sets and last but not least to all those who turned out to support the event . It really was good to see you all enjoying a chat and giving so generously.
On Saturday 29th July Town Councillors gathered for a buffet to say thank you to those Councillors who stepped down in May and to those new Councillors who have been co-opted onto the Council.
The Council said farewell to Peter Tonks , Amanda Edwards and Nigel Price and thanked them for their service over the years and welcomed Lorraine Voss, Rachel Hughes and Elodie Lake.
Small gifts were presented to those stepping down.
A great time was had by all and the food scrumptious.
BE A COUNCILLOR!
The Elections coming up in May give you the chance to have your say , to put forward your ideas on how things should be done within the Community.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a Councillor for the Ward of Llanwrtyd and outlying areas please apply for a nomination pack from the address shown on the notices above.
If you need any support and/or encouragement please contact Mrs Lynn Ball Clerk to the Town Council on 01591 610656 0r e-mail me at :[email protected]
GO ON DO IT!!
Immediately for Friday
Cllr James suggested that since Friday is black Friday we could capitalise on our plight using black Friday as a media hook.
The following ideas were explored:
Mr Adrian Davies (Community Area Manager)
1/3 Broad Street,
Send a copy to;
Mr John McFarlane,(Chairman of Barclays in London)
Chairman Barclays Bank PLC
1, Churchhill Place,
E-mail: [email protected]
The overwhelming feeling of the meeting was;
To investigate a stay of execution since the lease doesn't expire until January
To continue working with Barclays to retain an ATM machine in the Town
To pursue the idea of attracting another Bank to Llanwrtyd
To secure as much publicity for our cause as we can.
The minutes of the meeting will be available on line and in the library when they have been approved at the next Town Council Meeting in October
Once again the Town Council wish to thank all those present for their thought provoking contributions.
We will continue to fight!
Bank Update 11/09/2015
BANK CLOSURE MEETING – Tuesday, 11 August 2015 at 11.00 a.m.
Last Tuesday members of Llanwrtyd Town Council met representatives of Barclays Bank at a meeting arranged by Kirsty Williams AM, Chaired by Mr Peter James (Town Mayor), and attended by Chris Davies, MP together with members of the public.
Discussion regarding the proposed closure brought to the attention of the Barclays representatives the hardships faced by members of our community who were not able or willing to use internet or telephone banking. It was pointed out that cash deposits would have to be taken to the nearest branch which is Llandovery, Builth or Llandrindod Wells and this involved travelling costs and would increase the risk of crime due to cash in transit and the effect of the closure on the Tourist Industry would be catastrophic.
Although Llanwrtyd Post Office does offer some banking and cash machine facilities and Spar Stores has a chargeable cash machine, in no way could they replace the loss of this Barclays Branch or the loss of the ATM (cash machine) through which, in the last twelve months, 42,000 transactions have occurred (figure provided by Barclays).
Barclays representatives listened to the points raised by Council members which were questions submitted by members of the community and registered the concerns expressed. Kirsty Williams reinforced the arguments put forward when she addressed the meeting and Chris Davies followed up by saying that the hardships that this proposed closure could bring to our community may require him to raise a question on the floor of The House of Commons.
In conclusion, it was suggested by Chris Davies that Barclays review their position and maybe offer a two-year stay of execution on the Bank closure to see how the usage pattern develops. Barclays representatives left the meeting promising to consider this option.From the dialogue of the meeting Barclays representatives left under no illusions as to the strength of feeling regarding the closure within the Community.
Save Our Surgery
Surgery Update: 18/03/2015
Dr Hegedus was unable to attend the Town council meeting on Wednesday 18th March but the Practice sent this written statement :
"Further meeting held with Dr Walters, Jane Stephens (Practice Manager), Alan Lawrie and Andrew Powell on 13th March. Alan Lawrie is in regular contact with Kirsty Williams and advised that he would update her after the meeting. We have received a letter of confirmation following the meeting and further detailed discussions will now take place.
The practice felt the meeting went well, there were positive negotiations and actions to move things forward. The health board have agreed to taking direct responsibility for the lease with the landlord and part running costs to maintain the service. This would also give stability to Paul. As we were due to renew the lease in August, this responsibility has been taken out of our hands and therefore closure of the surgery in August will now not happen and we will continue to maintain medical services.
We have also been in negotiation with the Health Board regarding increased usage of the building in Llanwrtyd for nursing services and enhanced support by the district nurse team, thus confirming ongoing commitment to maintain the surgery and services to the patients of Llanwrtyd and surrounding areas.
The practice sustainability programme is in its very early stages and we will be making a bid for funding under this, details of the application process have not yet been finalised but it is expected to be by late June. We are aware that the decision will be made at Local Health Board level and given recent events and discussion regarding Llanwrtyd we are hopeful of a positive outcome but this will not be known until the Autumn. During this process we will be seeking the support of our AM’s to ensure that we meet the criteria and achieve a successful bid."
The surgery as you can read will not close in August and the Practice have plans in hand to fight for long term security for Llanwrtyd Branch Surgery.
As a proactive Town Council this issue will remain on the Agenda until there is security in the longer term.
Can I thank the Community of Llanwrtyd wells, Beulah , Garth,Llangammarch and Tirabad for all their tremendous support in this matter , for letters written to various authorities and for signing the petitions .
Lynn Ball(Clerk and RFO for the Town Council)