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Cyngor Tref Penmaenmawr Town Council
Achieving more in partnership with our community

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Achieving more in partnership with our community

Croeso Welcome from your Mayor and Councillors

Welcome to our website which we hope you will find easy to navigate. We have endeavoured to lay before you all the information you might wish to know about the workings of Penmaenmawr Town Council.

All our Councillors are committed to improving the environments of the three Wards and working in partnership with other groups and the local County Council to provide the best value service possible.

Agenda and Minutes of Council Meetings are available on the meetings page. A large amount of other information is available on the other pages.

Please feel free to contact any of our Councillors or the Mayor at any time. We are always more than happy to listen to your concerns and ideas to improve own Town. We achieve so much more when we work together.

Please contact us via the contact page or on the email address below.

Your views are valuable to us to help shape our community.

Vacancy Public Notice

Vacancy Public Notice

Penmaenmawr Town Council Vision

Penmaenmawr Town Council is committed to improving the environment and the quality of experience for the people who live, work and visit the area.

To achieve this vision the Council will work towards:

1. Setting an individual focus for the town, (comprising the three wards of Penmaenan, Pant-yr-Afon and Dwygyfylchi) making it distinct from other towns and areas.

2. Improving the facilities and looking after the well-being of all our citizens.

The above will be realised through:

1. Working in collaboration and partnership with other groups and organisations.

2. Seeking and listening to public opinion, across the generations, and objectively considering all comments and requests to the best of our ability.

3. Fostering links with other agencies in order to maintain and promote the individual and special character of Penmaenmawr – its environment; its heritage; its amenities; and its people.

Penmaenmawr Town Council: 5 September 2019

On Sunday the 1st September the Town Council, in conjunction with the Penmaenmawr Museum and Historical Society, are planning to hold an event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the World War Two civilian evacuees arriving in Penmaenmawr, which will include an exhibition, talks on the event and light refreshments.

The Town Council is delighted to announce that it is donating £300 to the Ysgol Capelulo. Children from the school recently walked to the summit of Snowdon to raise money for outdoor equipment.

Resident who wish to be added to the Council’s text local service, which advises of local events, please advise the town clerk by texting ‘Add’ to 07538 530828. Names are not required and there will an option to opt out at any time.

The Mayor, Cllr Una Abbott, and her consort, Cllr Baines, were delighted to attended the annual Dwygyfylchi & District Art Society Exhibition recently. She reported that the exhibits this year were of a particularly high standard and wish to thank the society, both for their warm welcome and for arranging the exhibition.

Notice of Electors Rights

Notice of Electors Rights 2019

Penmaenmawr Town Council Public Statement

Over recent weeks a number of articles and reports have been disseminated regarding Penmaenmawr Town Council’s financial situation, culminating in remarks made by Janet Finch-Saunders AM in the Senedd last week. While the Council’s normal practice is not to comment on overall financial issues until the annual accounts audit is complete, and the figures have been finalised (hence the silence to date), it is felt that the current level of speculation and mis-information is such that an official response is now warranted.

It has recently come to light that over the last three years the Town Council have been spending more on the local community that it has been receiving in its annual precept (income). To pay for this over-expenditure on local projects, money has been drawn from the Council’s reserves. The first transfer occurring in November 2015, the last in July 2018. The total amount transferred from reserves during this period is £100,000. This has left the Council with almost no financial reserves.

Contrary to some reports, every penny of this money has been accounted for. All Council expenditure has been presented and approved by Councillors and this information is, and has been throughout, in the public domain (see Annual Audit Reports and payment lists within meeting minutes, both available on the Council’s website, for a full breakdown of expenditure).

In response to some claims, which have, at times, included libellous claims, the Town Council confirms that Councillors give their time for free. No Councillor has received any financial reward (or reward in kind) beyond the reimbursement of legitimate travel expenses and/or training costs. Over the three year period in question the total amount spent by the Council on such expenses is £1,505.

The current financial situation, while extremely regrettable, has arisen because the Council was regularly required to make decisions regarding expenditure on local community events, charities and organisations, without being furnished with accurate and up to date financial information. This led to a culture of generosity towards local projects that the Council’s finances could not sustain. The Town Council acknowledges that this was a weakness on its part and has introduced robust new procedures to ensure greater financial oversight in the future. The Town Council sincerely apologises for its management of public finances over the last few years and accepts that this is not in keeping with the high standards expected of a local Council. Despite its shortfalls, the Council would like to affirm that it has, throughout the period, acted in the interest of the residents of the area.

Reinforcing this intent, Penmaenmawr Town Council, in keeping with every other Council in Wales, is audited regularly; Firstly, by an independent Council nominated auditor and again by a separate Welsh Government nominated auditor. Reports from both these independent inspectors confirm that no wrongdoing has occurred, either legally or procedurally. Despite this, as soon as the current situation was unearthed, the Council reported the situation both to the Welsh Audit Office and One Voice Wales (the support organisation for Community and Local Councils). Since that initial contact the Welsh Audit Office have confirmed its intent to inspect Penmaenmawr in the near future, an inspection that the Town Council welcomes.

Breakdown of Expenditure April 2015 - March 2018

Breakdown of Expenditure - Young People

UPDATE 13 March 2019

In response to comments made by local residents at a recent meeting regarding the lack of spending on young people by the Penmaenmawr Town Council, the Town Council would like to highlight that over the last four years (up to 31st March 2018) spending on this demographic has increase both as a total amount and as a percentage of the Projects and Grants allocation. See table below:

Amount Spent on Young People





Total Project & Grant Expenditure





Young People Expenditure as:

% of Project/Grant Expenditure





A variety of clubs and organisations have benefitted from this money, such as the local schools, Maes y Llan Play Area, St Gwynan’s Playgroup, the Sailing Club, Pen Phoenix to name but a few. A full breakdown of the Council’s expenditure is available on this above.

Nat West Mobile Bank

Where: Fernbrook Road car park
When: Every Tuesday
Time: 9.30am -10.30am