Welcome to the official website of the Gwersyllt Community Council which we hope will be a valuable source of information about the authority and the community it serves.
As work on the site progresses, all agendas and minutes of the Council, together with other associated documents about the workings, procedures and business of the Council, will be available.
- Notice of Conclusion of Audit
- Draft School Organisation Strategy for 2017-2025
- North Wales Dementia Friendly Communities E-Newsletter
- Community Inclusion Grant
- Difficult Decisions Budget Consultation
- Gwersyllt Playwork Project - Holiday Play Schemes
- Alzheimer's Society - Memory Cafe
- Ten Top Security Tips'
- Volunteer Befrienders
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NEW ROAD, SUMMERHILL
Wrexham County Borough Council have advised that New Road, Summerhill, will be closed from 13th to 27th October 2016 (inclusive) to enable urgent footway repairs to be undertaken.
Bring your voice to local policing
Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones and Chief Constable Mark Polin want your views to help shape the future of policing in North Wales
A series of open meetings are planned across the force area to give residents, community groups, businesses and partners the opportunity to help shape and develop the next Police and Crime Plan for North Wales.
PCC Jones said: “Everyone who lives or works in North Wales will have a view on what should be a policing priority for their area. Listening to local people is one of the most important parts of my role and it is vital that people have a true voice in policing. This is the police service for North Wales and it is only right and proper that everyone has a chance to have their say.”
The Police and Crime Plan will set out the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for North Wales Police for the next four years.
Chief Constable Polin said: “Everyone has a right to be safe and feel safe, However, the threats to safety are changing and people are now more likely to be subjected to crime committed online and the national rise in serious and potentially very harmful threats, such as from Child Sexual Exploitation, are emerging locally too.
“I want communities to know that we care, to be sighted on the challenges we face in safeguarding them and to feel informed about how we are, and will continue, to respond to those challenges with their help. Providing good quality policing services remains at the centre of what we do, and we are placing significant priority on this as an organisation.
“Hearing what our communities think about the service we deliver and the trust and confidence that they place in us is also incredibly important.” Open meetings, with everyone welcome, will be held at:
Bangor Football Club on Tuesday, November 1 at 6.30 pm
Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Monday November 14 at 6.30 pm
Rhyl Rugby Club, Vale Road, Wednesday November 30 at 6.30 pm
Penllyn Leisure Centre, Bala, Wednesday, December 7, at 6.30 pm
Dog/Pet safety message – Halloween/Bonfire from Lost Dogs North Wales
It's that time of year again, FIREWORKS and dogs - keeping them safe and ‘Lost Dog Information’.
The loud noises & dramatic flare of fireworks can be very frightening for dogs & many more go missing at this time of year. If animals are scared their automatic response is to flee, or hide in the hope that whatever frightened them goes away. So it's important to make sure your dog can be identified if they do run off with ID tags with your telephone number on (mobile number too) and microchipping. There are things you can do to minimise the risk & the stress. Make sure your house is escape-proof by keeping doors & windows shut & check your gates are closed properly. Provide them with somewhere to hide where they feel safe. If your dog is accustomed to using a crate, cover it & leave it open with blankets inside. Other preventative measures are to try & walk them earlier in the evening or afternoon before the fireworks start. Put calming music or the television on in the house to sound out the loud bangs, close curtains to help drown out noise. If you need to let your dog in the garden whilst fireworks are going off stay with your dog & attach a lead to avoid them running off. Remember too that dogs can pick up on human stress so stay calm. There are also therapies & plug ins you can buy if needed. If you do lose your dog here are some useful numbers, contacts and help…
(IF YOU FIND A DOG - please use the same contacts below).
North Wales Dog Warden and Appointed Kennels Info, check with all kennels & wardens
WREXHAM COUNCIL WARDEN 01978 29 89 89 out of hours 01978 29 20 55
Appointed kennels/out of hours are Acorn Kennels 01948 662 931
It's advisable to check neighbouring authorities especially if you live near the borders.
Please be courteous & call in advance of dropping off stray dogs.
Remember that the appointed kennels are private kennels who the councils sub contract to look after our strays.
There are also groups on Facebook and Twitter which you can share your lost or found dogs on, please upload a photo as soon as possible
For extra info please also refer to your local council websites & search stray dogs
If you wish to register for Paws on Patrol with us please contact email@example.com to receive your free in car dogwatch sticker.
Groundwork Trust and Smart Energy GB
We have some great news, Groundwork North Wales has teamed up with Smart Energy GB to offer help and support around Smart Meters and the roll out programme across Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire between now and December 2016. Alongside this we can also give specific advice about how to minimise energy bills, swap supplier to get a better deal, access discounts that you may not be aware of and more.
Smart Meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which will replace the traditional meters in our homes. Every home in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, at no extra cost.
What we are doing?
We are offering FREE home visits to anyone who would like advice on:
- how to use a smart meter,
- how to get a smart meter installed,
- how to compare and switch energy suppliers, and
- how to make the most of the gas and electricity they are buying by finding the best, most competitive deal.
We can help you in the following ways:
- Attend your staff team meeting to talk to you about how we can best deliver our support.
- Provide you with some FREE informal training to help you help your clients.
- Give informal talks to community groups about smart meters and reducing energy bills OR offer bill workshops to hand hold customers through the switching process.
We need your support!
Groundwork North Wales would like to work with you to help identify which members of your community might benefit the most from some advice about smart meters, bill switching and some general advice about keeping warm in the colder months.
- Can you help us identify events, talks and sessions that we can attend to speak with members of the community to promote our home visits?
- Are you able to help us identify homes that might need our help?
- Would you like us to put on a Smart Meter Q&A session for community groups you work with?
- Do you have staff meetings or networking events coming up that we can attend?
Please get in touch!
We would really love to get your support in delivering advice to all who it would benefit. If you think you can help us help you then please get in touch.
Affordable Fire & Rescue Services for North Wales
I would like to invite you to take part in shaping how fire and rescue services should be developed in North Wales over the next few years.
As in previous years, the Fire and Rescue Authority has drafted some improvement objectives that we will be trying to achieve from April 2017 onwards, but before we formally adopt those objectives we are inviting people to submit their views for consideration.
With money for running public services in short supply the Authority faces increasingly difficult decisions about the services it provides now and in future.
We have an excellent record of managing our money and have continued to deliver our services to high standards despite significant cost-cutting. We have also been demonstrating that prevention really is better than cure – far fewer people suffer from fires in North Wales these days because of our commitment to educating and supporting people to keep themselves safe.
However, that success is not enough - we must keep trying to improve services as well as considering the wellbeing of future generations of people in North Wales. Moreover, we have to consider the costs involved – there would be little point in planning a service that is going to be unaffordable.
As an Authority for the whole of North Wales our concern is for the whole area and the whole population. This is an important consultation – what do you think? Do you think we are making the right choices? Is there anything that we haven’t considered that you think would make a difference?
The more people get involved, the better our prospects of achieving the right balance of services. You can find out more on our website www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk, by following @northwalesfire and via www.facebook.com/northwalesfireservice- a consultation questionnaire will be open shortly. The deadline for responses is 12th December 2016.
The Authority will consider its future plans in light of the responses received before the deadline above and publish the final 2017-18 Improvement Plan on its website by 31st March 2017.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you
Payments to Members of Gwersyllt Community Council - 2015/16
As required by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, I have set out below details of the payments made to Members of the Gwersyllt Community Council during the financial year 2015/16:
Name of Member: Councillor Bernie McCann (Chair of the Community Council)
Nature of Payment: Reimbursement of Mileage in respect of the Chair's attendance at a Welsh Government Engagement Event on the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Thursday, 4 February 2016.
Amount of Payment: £34.20
No other payments were made to Members of the Community Council in the financial year 2015/16.
'The Wrexham We Want' Consultation
Public services across Wrexham want everyone to tell them about ‘The Wrexham they want’ in a new consultation that is now open.
They want to find out what people think would make Wrexham better, now and for future generations, focusing on things such as employment, environmental changes, health, people all having an equal chance, communities getting on well together and the Welsh language and culture.
‘The Wrexham We Want’ consultation, run by Wrexham Public Services Board (a partnership of organisations that help provide public services in Wrexham) will run for just over six weeks and closes on Monday 24 October.
This is also your opportunity to tell these organisations how you think they can work better together, how they can better involve people and communities and what they could do to stop problems happening in the first place.
You can take part in ‘The Wrexham We Want’ consultation online via the Wrexham Public Services Board website or pick up a paper copy at public buildings including Contact Wrexham, libraries, the hospital, the police station, AVOW, Glyndwr University, Coleg Cambria and the Guildhall.
People’s views will help create a long-term vision for Wrexham and the public services will work together with people and communities to develop a plan to deliver that vision.
This plan will also meet the needs of the Well-being of Future Generations Act which came into force in April 2016. This Act aims to ensure all public organisations consider the impact on future generations of the decisions they make and work together to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of their area.
Gwersyllt Safer Neighbourhood Team
Come and join the Gwersyllt Safer Neighbourhood Team for a cuppa and an informal chat at the Gwersyllt Community Resource Centre, Second Avenue, Gwersyllt on the first Monday of the month from 11.30a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
You can discuss any concerns you may have, ask advice about issues that matter most to you or learn more about the work of your local policing team.
All are welcome!
K2 Explorer Scout Unit
Gwersyllt Community Council recently decided to award a grant of £400.00 to the K2 Explorer Scout Unit from Wrexham in response to their application for financial assistance towards the cost of their forthcoming expedition to the Czech Republic.
The biggest explorer unit in Wrexham, K2 ESU are open to young men and women aged 14 to 18 and provide opportunities for their members to take part in various adventures and activities , including the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme and trips abroad.
During the first two weeks of August, K2 ESU will be taking 25 young people on an expedition to the Czech Republic and are now fundraising in earnest for this purpose. Noting that three young people from Gwersyllt - Owain, Tom and Matt - will be taking part in the expedition, Members of the Community Council agreed that £300.00 should be ring-fenced to help meet their costs (i.e. each to receive £100.00) with the remaining £100.00 going to K2 ESU's general funding appeal.
The Council's grant was presented to members of K2 ESU by the Chair of the Community Council, Councillor Bernie McCann, on Monday, 20 June. Councillor McCann said that the Community Council was particularly pleased to be able to help the Gwersyllt members of K2 ESU and very much hopes that the expedition proves to be a memorable and enjoyable experience for all involved.
Further information about K2 Explorer Scout Unit can be obtained via their website - www.k2esu.org.uk
Throw a Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie
Like baking the perfect cake, hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party is all about the right ingredients – nice cuppas and naughty cakes, old friends and new faces, bad jokes and good conversation. It's all about having a blooming great time while raising money for a blooming great cause. You can get your free fundraising pack at www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty with bunting, invitations, posters, quiz questions and recipes to download.
Marie Curie provides free hands on nursing care to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in their own homes as well as vital emotional support for their families and carers. In North Wales last year, 58 Marie Curie nurses provided care to 1,179 terminally ill people in their homes, usually overnight. £20 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness for an hour in the comfort of their own homes; £180 will pay for a full nine-hour shift.
Community Agents - Helping older people in Wrexham achieve a better quality of life
Community Agents are an innovative response to a recognised need that many people living in our communities are unable to connect with key services that help and maintain well-being and support their quality of life.
Community Agents work with the over 50s in Wrexham, providing easy access to a wide range of information that will enable them to make informed choices about their present and future needs. The aim is to help older people feel more independent, secure, and cared for, and to have a better quality of life. Community Agents will support people living in areas of Wrexham, bridging the gap between the local community and the statutory or voluntary organisations, and offering help or support.
They can help with the following:
- visiting the over 50s at home providing face to face information and support
- primarily supporting older people, but also anyone who may benefit
- helping individuals to make informed choices
- offering a facilitated signposting service and putting people in direct contact with the appropriate agency
Gwersyllt Community Council has appointed a Community Agent, Justine Godfrey, and she will be operating throughout the community for the benefit of older residents.
Her contact details are as follows:
Mobile: 07756 387 021
Office No. 01978 754776
If you would like to contact the Community Agent for help and advice or if you know of someone (e.g. a friend or neighbour) who may want to know more about this new service please do get in touch.