Frank Little

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Business assistance

by franklittle on 2 October, 2011

Unfortunately, I missed a recent seminar on the council’s support for business, because of a cold. However, members have been sent relevant literature. It is too voluminous to reproduce here, but I can at least pass on two URIs. The main web pages are at www.npt-business.co.uk. There is also an email address for a programme […]

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Special meeting of Community Council next Thursday

by franklittle on 23 September, 2011

There will be a special meeting of Blaenhonddan Community Council in Cadoxton community centre next Thursday, 29th September, at 19:00. The main objects for discussion are the Pre-Deposit Local Development Plan and the report from inspectors of the community’s playgrounds. Public may attend (though not contribute, unless specifically invited by the council to do so), […]

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Empty homes

by franklittle on 9 September, 2011

At yesterday’s meeting of the Social Care, Health and Housing scrutiny committee (see also below), Councillor Tony Taylor (SDP, Aberavon) and I questioned the absence of figures relating to unoccupied property and action taken by the local authority to bring it back into use. This is a new indicator in reports to members required by […]

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Sad news

by franklittle on 14 May, 2011

I learned on Thursday that Peter Jutsum, not just a community councillor but a Cadoxton man to his finger-tips, had died last Tuesday. It was a heavy blow. Peter was the last of the ward residents to attend my first monthly councillor surgery. He was straight with me from the start: if he had been […]

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Icelandic banks

by franklittle on 2 May, 2011

The Evening Post headline today reminds me that I haven’t posted about the council’s Icelandic investments since http://franklittle.mycouncillor.org.uk/2010/06/16/treasury-management/ . My comment in http://franklittle.mycouncillor.org.uk/2010/01/01/icelandic-banks/ that the only winners from the Iceland adventure will be accountants and lawyers seems to be coming true. There is nothing much new in the Post article. It has been established that […]

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Resurfacing near Bryn Catwg junction

by franklittle on 17 April, 2011

In case anybody has not picked this up via the local press or the council’s web-site, please see http://www.npt.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=2482&pr_id=4311

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Possible Mynydd Marchywel wind-farm

by franklittle on 4 April, 2011

There is an application (P2010/1248) for a scoping opinion* from the county borough for a wind-turbine farm on March Hywel, the southern boundary of which impinges on Cadoxton ward. Note that this is not an actual planning application, merely an enquiry as to what should be included in the application when it is made. The […]

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Green shoots

by franklittle on 9 March, 2011

After the drastic cut-backs of last year, green shoots are beginning to appear. I refer of course to the replanting in Craig Gwladus. From a distance, the areas cleared of Corsican pine still look like a battlefield, but, up close, the many fragile saplings are showing leaf-buds. The woods evidence the care and attention bestowed […]

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More detail on the budget

by franklittle on 7 March, 2011

Further to my earlier post, the council tax rates payable in Blaenhonddan in 2011/12, including the community council precept and the police levy, are as follows: Band A: £925.81;  B: £1,080.09; C: 1,234.40;  D: £1,388.70; E: £1,697.31; F: £2,005.90; G: £2,314.51; H: £2,777.40; I: £3,240.29. Some comparisons at Band D (the standard basis): Dyffryn Clydach, […]

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Police organisation

by franklittle on 1 March, 2011

Yesterday, Chief Superintendent Mark Mathias expressed trepidation in coming before Neath Port Talbot councillors. As head of the combined Swansea, Neath Port Talbot division of South Wales Police, he was aware of the council’s resistance to the merging of the previously separate divisions. He also had bad news about the effects of the current government […]

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