Responsibilities

What do councillors do?

Town and community councils are the closest tier of local government to the people. They serve the smallest geographical area and are responsible for local matters. The responsibilities of Bro Machno Community Council include:

Cemeteries – the community council is responsible for the administration and upkeep of public cemeteries within the parish. Contact the clerk or please see below for more details.

Public Footpaths and the Public Toilet – responsibility for the upkeep of footpaths and the public toilet is shared with Snowdonia National Park and Conwy County Council.

Planning – the planning authority (Snowdonia National Park) is required to consult the community council on all local planning issues or planning applications. The council is able to put forward its views but all decisions are made by the National Park Authority.

A voice for the community – the council acts as a voice for the local community in its dealings with the county council and other agencies and public bodies.

Finance – Community councils are able to levy rates as part of the Council Tax. See below for more information.

General – the council can support and promote projects that are of benefit to the community.

Cemeteries

The community council is responsible for both St Tudclud and Arwelfa Cemeteries. The church cemetery is now full therefore Arwelfa is used for new internments. Income for the upkeep of the cemeteries is derived from burial fees and the council tax.  The current burial fees are:

Deceased resident within the parish:                                                   Purchase of a new plot – £400.00    Re-opening – £200.00

Deceased resident outside the parish:                                                   Purchase of a new plot – £600.00    Re-opening – £400.00

Please contact the clerk (Elfed Williams 01690 770205 / elfed.williams@yahoo.co.uk) for further information or to arrange an internment.

Finance

The right of community councils to precept the council tax is one of their most significant powers. This provides a regular income for reinvestment in the community for the benefit of the community.

The council’s current income is £5000 per annum which is collected by Conwy County Council as part of the Council Tax. For Band D properties, this amounts to £14.34 (compared to £964 for the county council and £227 to North Wales Police). Bro Machno has the seventh lowest tax rate out of 33 town and community councils within Conwy.

Financial Report: The council produces annual Financial Returns which are audited by official auditors appointed by the Welsh Government.