Maelor South Community Council covers the areas of Bettisfield and Penley.
The 1972 Local Government Act states that every part of Wales is in a community, in England, the term "Parish Councils" is still used but in Wales, however, the legal and constitutional term for these units of local government administration is termed "Community Councils".
The Community Council represents the lowest tier of local government and is closest to the public as regards meeting local needs. The Council has several statutory rights and duties. These include looking after public paths, it is entitled to comment on planning applications, spending entitlements e.g. on bus shelters, roadside lights and bins. There are also opportunityies to lead or participate in local projects and which benefit the community.
A list of your local councillors is provided on the next page. There is a representation from the 2 wards of Bettisfield and Penley - with a total of 10 Councillors who do not represent any political party and who are elected every 4 years. A Clerk/Financial Officer is employed to handle all arrangements for meetings and preparing an agenda to deal with administrative and financial matters linked to implementing the Council's work.
How does the Council work?
Any work done by the Council will be implemented following decisions taken at open meetings. Any work is paid for with public money which the Council receives through raising a precept which is part of the Council Tax set by Wrexham County Borough Council.
What is the Council's precept?
The Council's precept for 2015/16 has been set for £10,592 which equates to £16.00 for a Band D property, a rise of £3 per household.
The Council employs one part time officer which is the Clerk and also pays contractors to carry out specialist work such as repair street lights, grass cutting and so on.
Can the public attend the meetings?
By all means. You are welcome to attend our meetings as listeners only - and we would encourage that. Members of the public are not entitled to take part in Council discussions or give their opinion during the meeting. There may however be exceptional circumstances where the chairman is allowed to call for a contribution from the public and for them to make a statement. If you do have an issue to raise please contact the Clerk for it to be considered as an agenda item at the next meeting.
Council meetings are held monthly except for August and are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in Penley at the Rainbow Centre and in Bettisfield at Bettisfield Chapel. All meetings start at 7.30pm. Please see Meeting Dates for more information.