Meeting documents

Ordinary Meeting of the Council
Thursday, 14th March, 2019 11.30 am

Date: Thursday 14th March 2019 Time: 11.30 a.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale

Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

PresentAndReport toReport of

COUNCILLOR M. MOORE (CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL)

Councillors D. Bevan
G. Collier
J. Collins
M. Cook
N.J. Daniels
D. Davies
G.L. Davies
M. Day
P. Edwards
L. Elias
S. Healy
R. Hill
W. Hodgins
J. Holt
J.E. Mason
H. McCarthy
C. Meredith
J. Millard
J.C. Morgan
J.P. Morgan
L. Parsons
G. Paulsen
K. Pritchard
K. Rowson
T. Smith
B. Summers
B. Thomas
G. Thomas
J. Wilkins

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1. TUDALEN GLAWR AGENDA GYMRAEG/WELSH VERSION OF AGENDA COVERSHEET
Tudalen Glawr Agenda Gymraeg/Welsh Version of Agenda Coversheet (233K/bytes)
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2. APOLOGIES

The following apologies for absence were received:-

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Councillors P. Baldwin, G. A. Davies, D. Hancock, K. Hayden, T. Sharrem, S. Thomas, M. Cross, H. Trollope, D. Wilkshire, B. Willis, L. Winnett.

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3. FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH

The Chair extended a warm welcome to Mark and his wife Jo, and thanked him for attending this Extraordinary Meeting of the Council. She also welcomed guests seated in the public gallery, in particular a warm welcome to Mark�s family and friends.

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The Chair said this was a very auspicious occasion, the Freedom of the County Borough was the honorary title given to a person of distinction who had rendered outstanding services to the Borough. The honour does not confer any legal rights, but it was the highest tribute a Borough could bestow. She said Mark had been 3 times World Snooker Champion and Triple Crown Winner and was the first sportsperson from Blaenau Gwent to receive this accolade.

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The Chair therefore proposed:-

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�That in pursuance of Section 249 (5) of the Local Government Act 1972 the Council of the County Borough of Blaenau Gwent do hereby confer the Honorary Freedom of the County Borough of Blaenau Gwent upon Mark Williams in recognition of his sporting achievements, in particular his dedication to the sport of snooker and on recently becoming World Snooker Champion for the third time.

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That the Council do embrace the privilege of admitting the said Mark Williams as Freeman of the County Borough of Blaenau Gwent�.

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The Chair of the Council formally proposed that the motion be supported, and the Leader of the Council seconded the proposal.

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It was, thereupon, unanimously RESOLVED that Mark Williams be made Freeman of the County Borough of Blaenau Gwent.

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The Chair then invited the proposers to say a few words:-

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Councillor G.L. Davies welcomed Mark and his family, and extended a particularly warm welcome to Mark�s wife Jo. Everyone was extremely proud of Mark being granted Freedom of the Borough, which had been supported by the Chair and Leader of the Council, all Councillors and Officers. He said it was nice to see Mark and Jo�s children and family present, and hopefully Mark could make World Champion for a 4th time next year.

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Councillor H. McCarthy said coming originally from Cwm, Stanfield Street, he went to school with Mark�s father Dilwyn, so naturally he watched Mark�s progress with interest. He said in becoming World Champion 3 times he had not only put Cwm on the map, but could be numbered amongst Welsh sporting legends like Gareth Edwards, Lynn Davies, John Charles, Jimmy Wilde and Joe Calzaghe.

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Councillor D. Bevan said it was a privilege and a pleasure to be here today to witness this honour being bestowed upon Mark. A Cwm boy born and bred, learned his snooker at the Cwm Institute and had displayed his talent the world over. Three World Championship titles to add to his many other titles attested to this talent nurtured in Cwm.

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Thankfully Mark, although a World Champion and top class sporting personality, has always been a Cwm boy, still living in the locality along with his parents Dilwyn and Sandra, his business in Tredegar, and his children attending our local schools.

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It was always a pleasure to see Mark on television as he was introduced as the Welsh potting machine and always announced as being from Cwm. We also thank Mark for bringing his lovely wife Jo to Cwm where she is a wonderful addition to our community, even serving as a Governor at Cwm Primary where, as well as Jo, her mother Linda was also a great help with any events held at the School, even joining a Welsh ladies choir which must be a real treat for an English woman!

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He was proud to say Mark and his family are still, and hopefully always will be Cwm people. Mark, you have done us proud and on behalf of the residents of our ward, thank you very much.

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The Chair of the Council thereupon, presented Mark Williams with a framed scroll of the Freedom of the County Borough.

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Mark was then invited to respond:-

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He said it was a great honour and privilege to accept this Freedom of the Borough, and thanked all the Councillors and everyone involved for thinking that he was worthy of such an accolade. He would place the scroll on display in the Snooker Hall, Tredegar, next to his MBE to share with the community.

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The Chair thereupon thanked everyone for attending and declared the meeting closed.
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Agreed