Community news: Machynlleth

By Cambrian News reporter in Community News

THE latest community news from Machynlleth.


INCREASED incidents of fly-tip-ping at Y Plas grounds should be reported to Powys County Council, councillors have said.

Following the closure of Potters Recycling Yard, councillors said there had been an increase in fly tipping in the town.

While clerk Rab Jones said that in the past any incidents of fly tipping had been dealt with by town council staff, he said following the closure of Potters Yard and removal of recycling banks, there had been a fly tipping increase in the town, which included an increase of incidents at Y Plas.

However, councillors agreed that, in a bid to make the county council aware of the increase in fly tipping, all cases should be reported to Powys Council.

Bulky waste

PROPOSALS that a bulky waste collection pilot could be started in the Machynlleth area may have to be put on hold until funding is identified, town councillors have heard.

While the council received a letter suggesting that pilot bulky waste recycling scheme could be launched with the assistance of Ecodyfi, clerk Rab Jones said it could cost the town council around £12,000.

The proposal would see a monthly bulky waste collection to replace the collection removed by Powys County Council.

However, Mr Jones said, after other community councils had discussed the possibility they had ruled out funding the scheme, meaning it was unlikely to happen in the next financial year.


PLANS to install a woodburner at Canolfan Owain Glyndwr should be supported as it could allow the attraction to open during the winter and attract more visitors, town councillors have insisted.

Powys County Council’s planning department is currently consulting on the planning application to install a woodburner at the centre’s Old Parliament Building.

Cllr Rhydian Mason said the application should be supported by town councillors as it would enable the centre to open during the winter.He said: “I would suggest that we proactively support this.”

Cllr Mason was backed by fellow councillors with Cllr Glenda Jackson saying a better heating system would also help the building.

Concert fundraiser

A CONCERT in aid of Cancer Research Wales, featuring the live band Torous, will be held in the Community Hall, Plas Machynlleth, on Saturday, 11 February, at 7.30pm.


STARTING at 7.30pm, the Bowling Club is hosting a prize bingo on Friday, 17 February. All proceeds going to the Machynlleth Hurricanes Junior Football Club. Come along and support your local young boys and girls.


ROUND 10 in the Machynlleth and District Pool League saw teams play their first week’s matches of the second-half of the season on Thursday, 19 January.

Llew Coach A and White Lion, the first division’s joint leaders, both won hard-fought encounters against determined opponents.

Llew Coch A secured an 8-7 victory over their B-team colleagues, while White Lion won 9-6 at basement boys Llew Coch Dinas.

Skinners Arms consolidated third place with a terrific 13-2 score line at home to Dwynant. And, also recording a sound victory, Rugby Club A beat visitors White Horse 10-5.

Table: Llew Coch A (24 pts), White Lion (24), Skinners Arms (21), Tredegar Arms (15), Rugby Club A (15), Llew Coch B (9), Dwynant (6), White Horse (3), Llew Coch Dinas (3).

Top guns Rugby Club B opened up a six-point gap over Marston Skinners Arms in the second division courtesy of a 9-6 win at Wynnstay Arms. Both of the division’s ladies’ teams gained satisfying victories over their male visitors.

Llew Coch Ladies enjoyed an 8-7 success over Red Lion Devils and, with a 9-6 victory, White Lion Ladies got the better of Foresters. Rounding off the results, visitors Penrhos notched up a 10-5 score over Slaters.

Table: Rugby Club B (24), Marston Skinners Arms (18), Foresters (15), White Lion Ladies (15), Slaters (12), Red Lion Devils (9), Wynnstay Arms (9), Penrhos (6), Llew Coch Ladies (6).


IN the period 4-26 January, under Powys County Council’s scheme of delegation, county planners approved the following applications: Erection of agricultural workers dwelling, construction of new access and installation of foul water treatment plant, Maesmedrisiol, Llanbrynmair; replacement of two windows and one door on front elevation of property, 20 Brickfield Street, Machynlleth; alterations and extensions to dwelling, erection of new agricultural storage building with office to replace existing outbuildings including PV array on roof, formation of new access road diverted around property, Llwyngwyn, Forge.

An application for Listed Building Consent for the installation of wood-burner and associated works, Owain Glyndwr Centre, Heol Maengwyn, was referred to CADW.

Railway AGM

ACTING chairman Dylan Lewis welcomed members of Railfuture Wales Cambrian area to the Owain Glyndwr Centre for the group’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 28 January. He asked the members to join him to pay tribute to two long-serving and well-respected members, Glyn Jones and Arthur Davies, who passed away during 2016. Dylan also referred to the untimely death of the former chairman of the Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Railway Liaison Committee, Mansel Williams.

David Taylor presented his treasurer’s financial report, which showed a healthy surplus, and he was thanked by the members for the report’s clarity. Officers were elected as: chairman, Dylan Lewis; and treasurer/secretary, David Taylor.

Members discussed the new Wales and Border Franchise, which was due to be awarded to the successful bidder in 2018, and noted that the four shortlisted bidders had all given recent presentations to the Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Railway Liaison Committee at which the chairman and treasurer/secretary had been present.

The chairman then updated the meeting about the Traws Link Cymru campaign to re-open the former Aberystwyth-Carmarthen rail-link, which has now been awarded Welsh Government funding for a full feasibility study.

Members went on to consider a number of matters, including the need for more rolling stock, better waiting-room facilities and car-parking at various locations, the on-going campaigns to re-open Carno and Bow Street stations and the removal of five railway crossings near Talerddig. The meeting was given to understand that the crossings’ work was due to be completed in November/December of this year.

Community Church

AN informal and friendly Family Service is starting at the church on Sunday, 5 February, at 10.30am. This will be a regular feature on the first Sunday each month and will allow children and adults of all ages to have fun while singing songs and learning stories from the Bible. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be served afterwards.

On Sunday, 26 March, the church has a guest speaker from the leading relief and development charity Tearfund, which works with Christian agencies and churches across the world to tackle the causes and effects of poverty.

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