What does the Council do?
Pentyrch Community Council undertakes the following functions:- provision of allotments, maintenance of two burial grounds, maintenance and provision of open spaces (notably the Community Council owns the Garth Common) maintenance of four community woodlands, maintenance and provision of play equipment at two play grounds, maintenance and management of Creigiau Recreation Field, maintenance and management of Creigiau Frog Pond and the maintenance of several small pockets of grass amenity areas within the villages. In addition to this the Council provides and maintains many of the public seats and the notice boards in the villages. Wild flowers have been planted in the hedgerows, daffodils throughout the villages, hanging baskets in the summer and Christmas trees in December.
It is active on behalf of local residents in seeking to bring pressure on the County Council to carry out its functions and duties particularly in relation to highways, footways (pavements), Public Rights of Way (PROW), street cleansing and the provision of amenities. Potholes, broken street lights, street cleansing, over grown vegetation, damaged signs, flytipping, vandalised bus shelters/telephone boxes are all regularly reported to the various authorities. It seeks to help and promote and support voluntary leisure and charitable activities and has an interest in any matter which can affect the lives of local residents. The Community Council strives to ensure that basic facilities in the villages are upheld.
Over the years the Community Council has acquired a considerable amount of land with the ultimate aim of protecting the villages from development. Within Community ownership is the Garth Common, fields and woodlands between Fairmeadow and Cefn Bychan in Pentyrch, woodland at Gwaelod y Garth, the Recreation ground in Creigiau, woodlands and the Frog Pond in Creigiau, and various pieces of amenity land within the residential estates. All these areas must be maintained in the interest of health & safety as well as visual impact. Both Bronllwyn and Penuel graveyards in Pentyrch are under the control of the Community Council as is the Memorial children’s park and the war memorial.
Planning issues are a major concern to Councillors and in recent years the Council has fought against a number of applications which would have had a detrimental effect on our communities. Support is given financially and practically to many local groups and organisations. The Community Council are Trustees to Pentyrch Village Hall, and one of the Trustees for Pentyrch Sports Association. The Community Council is consulted by the County Council and the Welsh Government on a variety of issues and always consider how these issues will affect out communities.