The Annual General Meeting was held on 3rd September and was well attended. Simon Hancock, the choir President, thanked the committee and choir members for inviting him to the AGM and reminded everyone that there was a hint of sadness to the evening as it was almost 10 years to the date since the passing of the choir’s previous President, Lord Gordon Parry and he was honoured to take on the role of his predecessor.
Simon made particular mention of the April visit of the twinning party from Sanguinet and thanked the choir for the support given to these very special celebrations. He then took the opportunity to wish the choir every success in the forthcoming tour to Sanguinet and appreciated the ambassadorial role that the choir would be undertaking on behalf of the town.
In closing Simon mentioned that he was delighted that the choir is to be one of his chosen charities during his Mayoral year of office.
The election of officers for the coming 2 years are as follows:
Outgoing Chairlady, Trish Campodonic was presented with the Waterford Crystal Bowl by the new Chairlady, Noreen Hadfield.
The bowl was presented to the choir during their first tour to Ireland in 1997 when they performed in The Gallery at Waterford Crystal and tradionally has been passed to the outgoing chairlady for safe keeping. (photograph of the presentation attached)
At the meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet on Monday 8 September Councillor Simon Hancock made a statement about the Neyland Youth Club facility. The county council is proposing to close the present building which is in poor condition and relocate the sessions to an alternative location within the town.
Councillor Hancock states:
‘Neyland Youth Club will not be closed down in Easter 2015, nor is it being transferred out of the town. True, the number of sessions are to be reduced to two (the same number as for
Haverfordwest) but this is on account of a 50% drop in the number of young people attending the
Neyland club in just over three years. The number is now down to 116. I am going to fight hard to ensure: The club is being relocated to the PRIDE building near the High Street car park and will be specifically branded as the new youth club. The services offered by the excellent Neyland youth worker staff will be refreshed, and varied and there is a remarketing and re-launch of youth services in the town. If there is increased attendance as a result of the rebranding I have secured the agreement of officers to add an additional session bringing the total up to three.
The old youth club, together with the disused Day Centre and Infants school and the land to the rear present an excellent regeneration possibility for the town of Neyland. The county council is sure to realise a significant amount from any sale. At cabinet I warned my colleagues that if and when that occurred I would be reminding them of further investment in the opportunities for young people in Neyland in the interests of fairness to the community.
Councillor Simon Hancock welcomes planned improvements to council properties in his ward.
Under Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planned programme of repairs external works, painting, guttering, fascia boards are routinely replaced, repainted or repaired.
Cambrian Road (4 properties)
College park (54)
Riga Avenue (17)
Windsor Gardens (21)
While next year, 2015-16
Brunel Avenue (8)
Riverside Avenue (10)
Sydney Webb Close (2)
The garages in Sydney Webb Close are also due for health and safety works soon.
The Bedroom Tax has had a big impact on Neyland and I am really worried by the people who have been hit hard and are enduring hardship and worry. Figures which I have obtained from the Local Authority show that 22 households in Neyland East Ward, my own ward and 24 in Neyland West have seen a 14 per cent drop in their housing benefit because they are deemed to have one spare bedroom. Those with two spare bedrooms have seen a drop of 25% and this involves 9 households in Neyland East and 6 in Neyland West.
Anyone needing advice or assistance should by all means give me a ring and I will signpost them to appropriate advice. I know that the Revenues Department of the County Council have been incredibly supportive of those seeking answers.
The Neyland Carnival held on 13 July was absolutely great. The overcast patchy drizzle did nothing to dampen spirits as hundreds of spectators lined the route from the starting point of the Rose & Willow. It then proceeded down Honeyborough Road, Kensington Road, Riverside Avenue, Promenade, Hish Street and John Street to the Athgletic Club field.
The floats and walking contestants put in so much effort; everything was of the highest quality. The best street went to Harbour Close with their take on the Roaring Twenties.
Here are some of the pics of some of the entries. Huge thanks must go to Malcolm Hawkins and his small band of RAOB brothers for arranging the carnival and everyone agreed it was an outstanding success. The merriment lasted all day and there was no incident or disturbance of the slightest kind.
The Neyland Good Neighbours Scheme members met recently and are planning to hold an information day at the Hazelbeach Community Mission Hall during the autumn. The GNS is one of thirteen in Pembrokeshire and represents low-level, non-emergency chores and assistance from members of the public to older, more vulnerable residents. Please contact Ms Rachel Gibby of PCC on 01437 764551 for further information.
The Pembrokeshire County Council changing village is being constructed by WJG Evans and should be finished in August. It is one of the best improvements over the past few years and represents a £500,000 investment. The new building will house four changing rooms and a gym and replaced the dilapidated old pool and stand.
The Pembrokeshire Housing Association scheme in St Clement’s Road is progressing well. There will be four one-bed flats and one two-bed unit. The investment is around £400,000 and local housing applicants will be given preference. When it is remembered how this was an overgrown mess, a dumping ground, this scheme is an excellent regeneration project tidying up the area which will provide housing for local people.