What does it do?

NEWPORT has about ten to 14, Torfaen quite a few, and Monmouthshire has dozens of community councils and town councils.

Although they have minor local powers compared with county councils, they are an important part of democracy and have an organisation which represents them nationally – The Voice Of Wales. There is an equivalent for parish councils in England.

So I was a little taken aback when I made an innocuous query to it about payment to community councillors.

Apparently this publicly-funded body only answer queries from community councils! If Joe Public has a question, they won’t answer. What a disgrace!

I am sure their staff and bosses have decent salaries, but I cannot for the life of me see what they do if they never answer questions from ordinary members of the public, who pay for their existence.

In recent years there has been much criticism of quangos and super-high salaries. I would suggest the Welsh Assembly ought to begin a probe into how it operates. For certain, its approach does not project a good example for the councils it represents.

Jim Dyer Stockton Road Newport

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12:43pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

What a well-researched letter! "Ten to fourteen", "quite a few"? Real figures please if we are to take you seriously!
What a well-researched letter! "Ten to fourteen", "quite a few"? Real figures please if we are to take you seriously! Vox Dei

12:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Vox Dei - You really are an obnocious fellow aren't you. If you. I sthere anything you do not criticise. What a boring pain.
Vox Dei - You really are an obnocious fellow aren't you. If you. I sthere anything you do not criticise. What a boring pain. Banjalucka

1:29pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Wanting real figures is not obnoxious, it is common sense. Is there anything you do not criticize me for?
Wanting real figures is not obnoxious, it is common sense. Is there anything you do not criticize me for? Vox Dei

1:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

VD - you seem pretty open to everyone to criticise judging to the responses to your comments. You are clearly an argumentative individual and i am not starting a feud with you,thank you very much. What real figures would you have put in which would change your opinion, whatever that is, on an issue which seems pretty obvious to me.?
VD - you seem pretty open to everyone to criticise judging to the responses to your comments. You are clearly an argumentative individual and i am not starting a feud with you,thank you very much. What real figures would you have put in which would change your opinion, whatever that is, on an issue which seems pretty obvious to me.? Banjalucka

1:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

Vox Dei wrote:
What a well-researched letter! "Ten to fourteen", "quite a few"? Real figures please if we are to take you seriously!
What a silly post of yours. What does it matter what the exact numbers is. The question being asked was what do they do>
[quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: What a well-researched letter! "Ten to fourteen", "quite a few"? Real figures please if we are to take you seriously![/p][/quote]What a silly post of yours. What does it matter what the exact numbers is. The question being asked was what do they do> Bobevans

1:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

My opinion is that it is a sloppily-written letter. The writer wants to make a point, but can't even be bothered putting accurate numbers in. Therefore the impact he is trying to make is lost. No more, no less.
My opinion is that it is a sloppily-written letter. The writer wants to make a point, but can't even be bothered putting accurate numbers in. Therefore the impact he is trying to make is lost. No more, no less. Vox Dei

1:48pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Bobevans wrote:
Vox Dei wrote:
What a well-researched letter! "Ten to fourteen", "quite a few"? Real figures please if we are to take you seriously!
What a silly post of yours. What does it matter what the exact numbers is. The question being asked was what do they do>
No it wasn't. The question is not what community councils do, it is what their representative body does.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: What a well-researched letter! "Ten to fourteen", "quite a few"? Real figures please if we are to take you seriously![/p][/quote]What a silly post of yours. What does it matter what the exact numbers is. The question being asked was what do they do>[/p][/quote]No it wasn't. The question is not what community councils do, it is what their representative body does. Vox Dei

2:01pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

VD - you must have a PhD in idiocy! How do you know what the writer thinks? It appears that you are only criticising why he hasn't included how many community councils there are in Newport? 14 actually. Should he have included how many in Powys and Pembroke to satisfy you? 'Sloppily put together' eh?? you have got one big ego mister and maybe the writer is not as mega-intelligent as you. The point he makes stands out a mile. Get to Specsavers and perhaps a course about 'sense catching' and tact. Stop your nonsense please.
VD - you must have a PhD in idiocy! How do you know what the writer thinks? It appears that you are only criticising why he hasn't included how many community councils there are in Newport? 14 actually. Should he have included how many in Powys and Pembroke to satisfy you? 'Sloppily put together' eh?? you have got one big ego mister and maybe the writer is not as mega-intelligent as you. The point he makes stands out a mile. Get to Specsavers and perhaps a course about 'sense catching' and tact. Stop your nonsense please. Banjalucka

2:04pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

Banja, I have not claimed to know what the writer thinks, I am merely going on what has been written. No need for personal insults.
Banja, I have not claimed to know what the writer thinks, I am merely going on what has been written. No need for personal insults. Vox Dei

2:17pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

VD - You do not take any view just critical of a minor detail left out which has absolutely no relevance to the subject. You even decline to give an objective answer when asked. Bobevans picked this up too. You do come over as a 'headmaster' type in your 'sloppily put together'. Very big-headed, don't you think? So do you agree or disagree?
VD - You do not take any view just critical of a minor detail left out which has absolutely no relevance to the subject. You even decline to give an objective answer when asked. Bobevans picked this up too. You do come over as a 'headmaster' type in your 'sloppily put together'. Very big-headed, don't you think? So do you agree or disagree? Banjalucka

2:40pm Thu 5 Dec 13

bloggsy1 says...

Vox Dei The voice of a complete moron
Vox Dei The voice of a complete moron bloggsy1

2:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Bloggsy - He certainly has difficulty appreciating other's opinions.
Bloggsy - He certainly has difficulty appreciating other's opinions. Banjalucka

3:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

county mad says...

They are a stepping stone to big councils its where the time servers start serving time. They make life or death decisions on placing litter bins or grit bunkers and they cost us in afmin support expenses and allowances, and arevery secretive
They are a stepping stone to big councils its where the time servers start serving time. They make life or death decisions on placing litter bins or grit bunkers and they cost us in afmin support expenses and allowances, and arevery secretive county mad

4:11pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

You see the is what VD does regularly - stirs things up, insults, and disappears like Konan the Barbarian!
You see the is what VD does regularly - stirs things up, insults, and disappears like Konan the Barbarian! Banjalucka

4:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

jimmytheone2 says...

county mad wrote:
They are a stepping stone to big councils its where the time servers start serving time. They make life or death decisions on placing litter bins or grit bunkers and they cost us in afmin support expenses and allowances, and arevery secretive
If i worked there, I'd make a decision to place a litter bin next to you - so we'd have somewhere to put all the garbage you speak and write. And i think I'd house you in agrit bunker - so we can close the lid when we think you are about to make one of your foolish comments.
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: They are a stepping stone to big councils its where the time servers start serving time. They make life or death decisions on placing litter bins or grit bunkers and they cost us in afmin support expenses and allowances, and arevery secretive[/p][/quote]If i worked there, I'd make a decision to place a litter bin next to you - so we'd have somewhere to put all the garbage you speak and write. And i think I'd house you in agrit bunker - so we can close the lid when we think you are about to make one of your foolish comments. jimmytheone2

5:29pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

I have not so far found an official definition of what a Community council does but the it is a very low level local body. The Community Councillors are unpaid

It typically manage local allotments and playing fields and village hall. It typically reviews local planning applications but can only comment on them
I have not so far found an official definition of what a Community council does but the it is a very low level local body. The Community Councillors are unpaid It typically manage local allotments and playing fields and village hall. It typically reviews local planning applications but can only comment on them Bobevans

5:45pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Bobevans - That is about it. Few more, like benches but nothing too important.Mainly rural areas, except Town Councils, like Chepstow, Uske etc.
Bobevans - That is about it. Few more, like benches but nothing too important.Mainly rural areas, except Town Councils, like Chepstow, Uske etc. Banjalucka

10:12am Sat 7 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

well your there ask the WAG what it is that they do???
well your there ask the WAG what it is that they do??? scraptheWAG

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