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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Reynoldston Village Hall - Church Meadow, Reynoldston, Gower, Swansea. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services: - 636923 

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and Introductions.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all present to Reynoldston Village Hall and commenced proceedings. 

 

2.

Disclosures of Personal and Prejudicial Interests.

Minutes:

In accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the City and County of

Swansea, no interests were declared.

3.

Minutes. pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting(s).

 

Minutes:

Resolved that the Minutes of the Gower AONB Partnership Steering Group

Meeting held on 25 March 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

4.

Matters Arising from the Minutes.

Minutes:

None.

5.

Terms of Reference. (For Information) pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Minutes:

The Terms of Reference were reported ‘for information’.

6.

Presentation - The Work and Roles of the Gower AONB Partnership & Gower AONB Team.

Minutes:

Mike Scott, Gower AONB Officer provided a presentation on the work of the

Gower AONB Partnership.  He outlined the Gower AONB designation, the

role of the Gower AONB Partnership and the work of the AONB Team within

the City and County of Swansea.

 

7.

Presentations: -

·         Natural Resources Wales;

·         Gower Commoners;

·         Gower Society;

·         Strategic Planning Team, Swansea Council.

Minutes:

·         Gower Commoners

 

Peter Lanfear, Gower Commoners provided a presentation on the work of the Gower Commoners.  He highlighted speeding traffic on the commons, loss of livestock due to traffic accidents and the loss of habitat on the commons due to the significant reduction in livestock grazing the commons.

 

·         Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

 

Hamish Osborn, NRW provided a presentation on the role and work of

NRW.  He outlined the role of the organisation within the Gower AONB, including examples of work on Gower; the work of NRW with regards to forestry management and water quality; designated sites; protected landscape management work; water vole and eel projects; and the next NRW grant funding round in Autumn 2019. 

 

·         Gower Society

 

Guto Ap Gwent, Chair of the Gower Society provided a presentation on the work of the Society.  He highlighted the history of the Society and the significant role the Society had on Gower, including its objectives.  He made reference to the planning work undertaken by the Society, its role in respect of tourism and the grants and financial support the Society had awarded during the previous year.

 

·         Swansea Council, Strategic Planning Team

 

Tom Evans, Strategic Planning Team Leader provided a presentation on how the Local Development Plan recently agreed by Swansea Council affected Gower AONB and its communities.

 

8.

Annual Review of Gower AONB Action Plan.

Minutes:

Chris Lindley, Gower AONB Team Leader provided a presentation which gave an annual review of the Gower AONB Action Plan.  He commented that the Plan was due to end in 2021-22, sets out the framework for the Action Plan.  He provided updates regarding the Local Development Plan, Gower Landscape Partnership, the Gower Dark Sky application, Mewslade wall project, the Gower Hedgerow Hub and outlined the proposed actions for 2019-20.

9.

To Elect Ten Steering Group Members from Nominations Received.

Minutes:

The Chair explained that 12 nominations had been received for 10 membership vacancies on the Partnership Steering Group.  Therefore, an election was required. 

 

Voting papers were circulated to all present.  42 voting papers were cast.

 

Resolved that the following be elected to the Gower AONB Partnership Steering Group for a period of two years, in accordance with the Terms of Reference: -

 

Roger Button                                   

James Chambers

John France

Steve Heard

Sue Hill

Gordon Howe

Philip Jenkins

Barbara Parry

Paul Thornton

Paul Tucker

 

The elected members would join the following on the Steering Group: -

 

Councillor Paul Lloyd (Chair)

Councillor Jan Curtice

Councillor Paxton Hood-Williams

Councillor Lynda James

Councillor Andrew Stevens

Hamish Osborn – Natural Resources Wales

 

 

 

10.

To Elect the Vice Chair of the Steering Group for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year.

Minutes:

Resolved that Stephen Heard be elected as Vice-Chair of the Steering Group for the 2019/20 Municipal year.

 

11.

To Appoint the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) Grants Panel.

Minutes:

Resolved that the following be appointed to the Sustainable Development Fund Grants Panel: -

 

Councillor Paul Lloyd (Chair)

Councillor Mark Child

Councillor Lynda James

Councillor Andrew Stevens

David Cole

Keith Marsh

James Chambers

John France

12.

To Appoint the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) Grants Appeals Panel.

Minutes:

Resolved that: -

 

1)    the following be appointed to the Sustainable Development Fund Appeals Panel: -

 

Stephen Heard (Chair)

Barbara Parry

 

2)    the remaining membership be confirmed at the next scheduled Steering Group meeting.

13.

Public Question Time.

Questions must relate to matters on the open part of the Agenda of the meeting and will be dealt with in a 10-minute period.

Minutes:

Rob Vine, Reynoldston Village Hall asked a question regarding the continued parking and overnight camping / parking problems at the top of Cefn Bryn. 

 

The meeting discussed the topic at length, including the effect of the overnight parking / camping and general parking upon the landscape, the village of Reynoldston and the possible options available.  It was added that due to the land being privately owned, the best option to alleviate the problems was partnership working.  

 

It was commented that the area was under the control of Llanrhidian Lower Community Council.  However, a joint letter from both Llanrhidian Lower and Reynoldston Community Councils would highlight the issues further. 

 

Furthermore, the meeting was urged to report any issues of concern to South Wales Police on their 101 number.

 

Resolved that the subject be discussed at the next scheduled Steering Group meeting.

 

 

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