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Welcome to Ponthir Community Council

Ponthir Community Council represents the villages of Ponthir and Lower Llanfrechfa.

The Council is made up of 7 members who make decisions on the services and activities provided throughout the community and liaise with Torfaen County Borough Council officers when any other issues of interest or concerns arise.

The Community Council also works very closely with the local police and receive a police report about crime and disorder in the area on a quarterly basis.

The Community ouncil makes grants to voluntary organisations that serve the residents of our community.  Details of our Grant Policy and Application Form can found in the menu above.

The Council’s monthly public meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at Ponthir District Sports Club, School Close, Ponthir at 7pm from September to March and at Ponthir Baptist Church, Station Road, Ponthir from April to August. Additional meetings may also be held to discuss Finance or Planning matters. All meetings are advertised in advance on the Village Noticeboards and on this website.

Residents are very welcome to attend any of the Council Meetings

If you wish to raise a specific item for the agenda you should put it in writing to, or email, the Clerk.

E-mail: clerk@ponthircommunitycouncil.gov.uk

Telephone: 07789 640709

 

If you wish to make any comments or suggestions on the content of this site, please contact Clerk to the Council on the number above.

Audit notice
Notice of appointment of the date for the exercise of electors’ rights
[Ponthir Community Council]
Financial year ending 31 March 2022
1. Date of announcement ____16th June 2022__________________________________

2. Each year the annual accounts are audited by the Auditor General for Wales. Prior to this date, any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc relating to them for 20 working days on reasonable notice. For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to:
______Clerk@ponthircommunitycouncil.gov.uk_________________
______79 Candwr Park_________________________________________________
______Ponthir_____NP18 1HN___________________________________________
______Tel 07789 640709______________________________________________

between the hours of __6pm________ and ____8pm______ on Monday to Friday
commencing on 4 July 2022
and ending on 29 July 2022

3. From 12 September 2022, until the audit has been completed, Local Government Electors and their representatives also have:
• the right to question the Auditor General about the accounts.
• the right to attend before the Auditor General and make objections to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the Auditor General. A copy of the written notice must also be given to the council.
The Auditor General can be contacted via: Community Council Audits, Audit Wales, 24 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9LJ or by email at communitycouncilaudits@audit.wales.
4. The audit is being conducted under the provisions of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004, the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 and the Auditor General for Wales’ Code of Audit Practice.

Electors’ rights under the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004
The basic position
By law, any interested person has the right to inspect the council’s accounts. If you are entitled and registered to vote in local council elections, then you (or your representative) also have the right to ask the Auditor General questions about them or challenge an item of account contained within them.
The right to inspect the accounts
When a local government body has finalised its accounts for the previous financial year, it must advertise that they are available for people to look at. Having given reasonable notice of your intentions, you then have 20 working days to look through the accounts and supporting documents. You will be able to make copies of the accounts and most of the relevant documents from the body. You will probably have to pay a copying charge.
The right to ask the auditor questions about the accounts
You can only ask the Auditor General questions about the accounts. The Auditor General does not have to answer questions about the body’s policies, finances, procedures or anything else not related to the accounts. Your question must be about the accounts that are subject to audit. The Auditor General does not have to say whether he thinks something the council has done, or an item in its accounts, is lawful or reasonable.
The right to object to the accounts
If you think that the body has spent money that they should not have, or that someone has caused a loss to the body deliberately or by behaving irresponsibly, you can object to the Auditor General by sending a formal ‘notice of objection’, which must be in writing to the address below. You must tell the Auditor General why you are objecting. The Auditor General must reach a decision on your objection. If you are not happy with that decision, you can appeal to the courts.
You may also object if you think that there is something in the accounts that the Auditor General should discuss with the council or tell the public about in a ‘public interest report’. Again, you must give your reasons in writing to the Auditor General at the address below. In this case, the Auditor General must decide whether to take any action. The Auditor General will normally, but does not have to, give reasons for their decision and you cannot appeal to the courts. You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against the body.
If you wish to make a personal complaint or claim, you should take these complaints to your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau, local Law Centre, or your solicitor. You may also be able to complain to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales if you believe that a Member of the body has broken the Code of Conduct for Members. The Ombudsman can be contacted at: 1 Old Field Rd, Pencoed, Bridgend CF35 5LJ, (tel: (01656) 641 150).
What else you can do
Instead of objecting, you can give the Auditor General information that is relevant to their responsibilities. For example, you can simply tell the Auditor General if you think that something is wrong with the accounts or about waste and inefficiency in the way the council runs its services. You do not have to follow any set time limits or procedures. The Auditor General does not have to give you a detailed report of their investigation into the issues you have raised, but they will usually tell you the general outcome.
A final word
Local government bodies, and so local taxpayers, must meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. When the Auditor General decides whether to take your objection further, one of a series of factors they must take into account includes the costs that will be involved. They will only continue with the objection if it is in the public interest to do so. If you appeal to the courts, you might have to pay for the action yourself.
If you wish to contact the Auditor General, please write to: Community Council Audits, Audit Wales, 24 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LJ

WHAT’S NEW?

New – Clerk to the Council – Vacancy. If you are interested in supporting the local community and becoming involved in local projects and initiatives, Ponthir Community Council would like to hear from you. Please click Ponthir CC Clerk Vacancy – KEY SKILLS and JOB DESCRIPTION 2021

Ponthir CC Clerk Vacancy – KEY SKILLS and JOB DESCRIPTION 2021 for details

New – Updated plans for PSCC sports field – See Information page for details

Conclusion of Audit for 2020/21 http://www.ponthircommunitycouncil.gov.uk/audit/

Minutes of meeting 11/4/2022 – see Minutes page

Council – Elections – uncontested for Ponthir Community Council.  All current councillors returned unopposed.

 

 

 

 

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