Council Business

From Risca Urban District Council to Risca Town Council
For 80 years, Risca had its own local Council, known as The Risca Urban District Council.

Founded by an act of Parliament in 1894, this Council had 18 members, a Chairman and other Officers. It was responsible for sewage and sanitary services, refuse collection, housing and street cleaning, amongst many other duties. At that time, Risca was still a village, but an industrial centre was developing. There were collieries, tinplate and steel works, an iron foundry, a brewery, firebrick works and limekilns.

The RUDC covered the Parish of Risca (the villages of Risca, Pontymister, Crosskeys and Pontywaun) together with parts of Upper and Lower Machen, from the river to the top of Mynydd Machen, including Ochrwyth, Dan y graig, and Sugar Loaf, Risca Blackvein Colliery and houses and the Full Moon area. Later, parts of Mynyddislwyn Parish were included, when the New Pit and the colliery houses called Newtown were opened. 

Risca UDC eventually became part of Islwyn Borough Council until 1974, when the latest Local Government reorganisation took place. At that time, Islwyn and Rhymney Valley Borough Councils were combined to form Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Caerphilly CBC currently has 72 elected Councillors and is responsible for spending more than £300 million each year. Decisions are made in the overall interests of many thousands of people. You can see how some issues, important to a local area, might look less important in the grand scheme of things, to Councillors many miles away. Like a local nursing home.

The story of Ty Darren is well known locally; the marches, petitions of 14,000 names and the combined efforts of many local heroes and heroines supported by their Councillors were unable save the home and to prevent frail and vulnerable people being dispersed throughout the borough. It was at this point that ‘Friends of Ty Darren’ became The Risca West and East Community Action Group and the struggle for a local voice through a Community Council was on.
Two years of solid campaigning, footslogging mail shots, setbacks and public meetings followed. Four wonderful community events were organised to raise awareness and foster Community spirit. Several ballots were held, the electors of Risca, Ty Sign and Pontymister voting conclusively for the formation of a Community Council in each of the two electoral communities in Risca. In November 2012 these two Councils were formed.

The Risca East and West Community Action Group, now renamed, continues to organise events for the Community. Those of us who were active campaigners with them always will be grateful to our friends and colleagues from that time, although now our roles are different.

We are proud to serve the ward of Risca West, which includes Danygraig, (Cllr.Mike Parker) Risca Town and Fernlea (Cllr. Sally Davies, Cllr. Tony Davies and Cllr.Hazel Dupre), Pontymister Lower (Cllr. Brian Hancock) and Ty Isaf Fields (Cllr. Louise Stephens, Cllr Stephen Tom and Cllr. Joy Parsons).

We soon discovered that many people were confused as to whether they lived in Rica East or Risca West. After some discussion, it was decided to request a change of our name to Risca Town Council, reflecting the position of our ward mainly in the town centre.

Many people continue to express surprise that a town the size of Risca should be split into East and West and to have two councils.  We agree. It is our intention to campaign for the amalgamation and eventual reunification of our community, and to re establish the single Town Council for Risca. Whether or not this happens, we continue to enjoy cordial and friendly relations with Councillors from Risca East Community Council, and are actively planning joint events for the whole of the Risca Community.

Councillor Louise Stephens (Mayor)


 

Members' Interests

MEMBER

INTERESTS

Cllr Michael Parker

Reading Rugby School Governor

Charity Work

Chairman Risca Crime Prevention Panel

Cllr Brian Hancock

Consultant in Health and Safety, Environment and Management

Comprehensive School Governor (22 Years approx.) and currently Minor Authority Governor of local Primary School

Vice Chair: Risca and District Crime Prevention Panel

Chair: Plaid Cymru Ebwy Islwyn Branch

Welsh Medium Education panel member

Cllr Tony Davies

A local resident in Pontymister, Risca

Player/manager of local football club AC Pontymister

Chairman of local youth section

Walking, all sports, cards and darts

Joined the community council to give the local community a stronger voice for local issues

Cllr Sally Davies

A local resident in Pontymister, Risca

A childminder since 1999

Chairwoman of local ladies darts league

Walking, reading and shopping

Joined the community council to give the local community a stronger voice for local issues

Cllr Hazel Dupre

Minor Authority Governor of Risca Primary School

Vice President of Newport National Union of Teachers

Patron of Risca Male Choir

Cllr Louise Stephens

A local resident in Ocherwyth, Risca and previously form the Danygraig area.

A self empoyed businesswoman who has provided assistance to local carers groups for many years. Has a keen interest in helping the elderly and those suffering from dementia and terminal illnesses. Also very interested in promoting activites for children and young people in the local area adn ensuring that Risca residents have an active say in where and how theri money is spent.   

Cllr Brian Davies

A local resident in Risca

 

Cllr Joy Parsons

A local resident in Risca

A member of St John Ambulance, Risca

A Nurse with Cardiff NHS

An animal lover, walking, reading and education

 

 

Reviewed: 28 May 2018  Bob Campbell, Risca Town Clerk

 

Members' Remuneration List 2014/15

MEMBER

Honorarium was used for:

Cllr Michael Parker

£100

10% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

35% Travel expenses

5% Phone calls

10% Ty Isaf School donations

35% other charitable donations

Cllr Brian Hancock

£100

35% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

5% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes for Summer Fayre

40% charitable donations

Cllr Tony Davies

£100

15% Printing, photocopying, paper and printer inks

5% Travel expenses

5% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes and treasure hunt prizes for the local community Summer Fayre

65% Local charitable donations to schools, fancy dress costumes for community fete and Christmas panto plus bouncy chairs to 2 mother and toddler groups

Cllr Sally Davies

£100

15% Printing, photocopying, paper and printer inks

5% Travel expenses

5% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes and treasure hunt prizes for the local community Summer Fayre

65% Local charitable donations to schools, fancy dress costumes for community fete and Christmas panto plus bouncy chairs to 2 mother and toddler groups

Cllr Hazel Dupre Mayor

Only £952 spent (Annual Allowance of £1000)

95%  Local charitable donations

5%  travelling

 

Cllr Louise Stephens

£100

100% Local charitable donations

Cllr Stephen Tom

£100

30% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

50% Phone calls

5% Purchase of raffle prizes for Summer Fayre

10% charitable donations

Cllr Joy Parsons

£100

35% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

10% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes for Summer Fayre

40% charitable donations

 

 

Reviewed: 10 November 2015 Bob Campbell Risca Town Clerk

 

Members' Remuneration List 2015/16

 

MEMBER

Honorarium was used for:

Cllr Michael Parker

£100

10% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

35% Travel expenses

5% Phone calls

10% Ty Isaf School donations

35% other charitable donations

Cllr Brian Hancock

Vice Mayor

£100

35% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

5% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes for Summer Fayre

40% charitable donations

Cllr Tony Davies

£100

15% Printing, photocopying, paper and printer inks

5% Travel expenses

5% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes and treasure hunt prizes for the local community Summer Fayre

65% Local charitable donations

Cllr Sally Davies

£100

15% Printing, photocopying, paper and printer inks

5% Travel expenses

5% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes and treasure hunt prizes for the local community Summer Fayre

65% Local charitable donations

Cllr Hazel Dupre

£100

10% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

90% charitable donations

Cllr Louise Stephens

£100

100% Local charitable donations

Cllr Stephen Tom

Mayor

£250 for personal use and £750 for donations (Total Annual Allowance of £1000) only £150 used

Personal use = 70% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

25% travelling

Mayor’s use = £150 for local donations

Cllr Joy Parsons

£100

35% Printing, photocopying and printer inks

5% Paper

10% Phone calls

10% Purchase of raffle prizes for Summer Fayre

40% charitable donations

 

 

Reviewed: 9 January 2016 Bob Campbell, Risca Town Clerk 

Members' Declarations of Interest - 2015/2016

Date

Nature of Interest

Name

10 May 15

Planning Application

Louise Stephens

8 Sep 15

Planning Application - garage in Bridge Street - distant  relation 

Stephen Tom

8 Sep 15

Planning Application by a friend

Louise Stephens

8 Sep 15

Planning Application by a friend

Mike Parker

9 Nov 15

As a member of Risca branch of St John's Ambulance

Joy Parsons

11 Jan 16

Planning Application by a friend

Mike Parker

15 Mar 16

Summer flower baskets local contract tenderers are both friends

Louise Stephens