About us

The “Parish” or Community Council originated in the 8th Century and is one of the most ancient types of local government. Community Councils are the closest tier of local government to the people.

Gelligaer Community Council has 13 elected members representing and serving residents in 8 small villages; Gelligaer, Glyngaer, Penpedairheol (Cascade), Cefn Hengoed, Hengoed, Penybryn, Tiryberth, Glanynant and a town Ystrad Mynach (which includes Penallta and Tredomen).

We collectively have an overall responsibility for the well being of our area, aiming always to bring direct benefit to our inhabitants, socially, economically and environmentally.

We meeting once a month (apart from August) to discuss grants, projects, planning applications and other business.

Our funding is raised through a “precept” which is collected through your council tax.

We are responsible for the erection of Christmas lighting and dressing trees throughout all our villages and in the town. We also put on pantomimes¬† in all our villages during December… oh yes we do!!!

We are also responsible for the erection of hanging baskets, rail and pavement planters. Last year, for the first time, we entered Ystrad Mynach into the Wales in Bloom~ Cymru yn ei Blodau competition.

Of course this would not be possible without the help and commitment of our volunteers, affectionately known as the WIBBERS, which are a small mix of traders, residents and members. We also invite our 9 schools to plant a wheelbarrow, which are displayed in the town during the summer months. They are definitely something to behold and worth visiting – creativity at it’s best!!

Our hard work paid off last year when we were awarded a SILVER GILT and we hope to either maintain this level or surpass it. All green fingers are crossed!!

We refurbished and reopened the public toilet in Ystrad Mynach for those that visiting our little town and in support of our local traders.

We deliver many other projects throughout the year. If you have any project ideas, then please do contact your ward member – their contact details are listed on the Councillors page.

We welcome members of the public to our meetings whereby you can join in person or remotely. You can address the members during the meeting on any agenda item. Please contact the clerk prior to the meeting if you wish to take part.