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, flowering basket, planters and WC (currently closed due to Coronavirus) in our town, pantomimes, supporting the Christmas fayre and many projects.

We welcome members of the public to our meetings and they can raise and speak on an agenda item at the start of the meeting, with prior notice from the clerk.