What Does Your Council Do For Your Community?
The Community Council is currently made up of nine volunteer community councillors, 5 for Mathern, 3 for Pwllmeyric and 1 for Mounton, who are elected by residents every 4 years. Their brief is to represent local residents’ to Monmouthshire County Council , acting in the best interests of the local community and thus playing an important role in local democracy
The Community Council is comprised of people who care about their community and want to make it a better place to live.
The Community Council helps facilitate a wide range of activities which promote the well-being of the community. It endeavours to bring local people together to help make things happen, whilst promoting the identity of the community. The Community Council advises, petitions, influences and advocates numerous causes and cases of concern on behalf of local communities.
Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of each month in the small meeting room at Mathern Village Hall. At these meetings, we go through our Agenda (which is displayed on the Community Council notice boards in the village as well as on this site), and deal with any matters arising from the previous month’s meeting.
There is also time set aside at the start of the meeting during which residents of the community may raise any issues which concern them. Councillors can claim a £150.00 allowance each year which is taxable.
Each year the Council sets a “precept” on the Council Tax as a means of raising funds from the community for reinvestment in the community for communal benefit. The precept for 2020/2021 is £20000.00. We receive a community benefit each year from Rhewl Solar Farm of £1000.00. Applications for grants are invited from village organisations. To be considered quarterly.
Elections are held every four years and all eligible residents can stand. The next election will be held in May 2022. If a vacancy arises during the four year term the Council will advertise the vacancy and invite members of the community to apply to be co-opted to the Community Council Committee.
Details if you wish to become a Councillor can be found following this link.