Sunday, 7 April 2013

RAG AGM 21st March 2013

RAG held their twelfth Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st March at Rhyd-y-Penau Primary School.  The meeting was opened by Andrew Hill, who reported that we were still awaiting the decision of the Welsh Government Ministers on the re-opened planning inquiry, which was held in the summer of 2011.  An outcome had been expected sometime last summer, but there was still no resolution.

At this meeting Andrew Hill stood down as Chairman, as he and his partner, Mary Corin, have now moved to Cornwall.  Mary also stood down as RAG Secretary.  A new set of officers and Committee members were elected by the meeting, and the new RAG team is:

Chairman – Richard Cowie
Committee members:
Vice-Chairman – Ceri Davies
Mike Dean
Secretary – Phil Savage
Treasurer - Bernard Adshead
Anne Gee
Graham Good
Press Officer – Chris Lewis
Dulcie Wilks
Liaison Officer – Mike Walker
Martyn Wyatt

Photo by Richard Bosworth
In taking over as Chair, Richard thanked Andrew and Mary for all their hard work over the last four years, and presented Andrew with a plate (see left) and jug to commemorate their time in office.  An official vote of thanks was recorded, to the general acclaim of the meeting.

Questions at the end of the meeting, reflected the frustration of several members that there had still been no decision made by the Welsh Government on the 2011 planning inquiry.  Several people asked whether we could be doing more to put pressure on the Minister.  The Committee agreed that the delay was regrettable, but did not think that RAG as an organisation should try and force the issue.  Of course, it is open to members to contact the Welsh Government, in a personal capacity, to inquire about the delay, and it was noted that the Minister with responsibility for Planning has recently changed.  It is now Carl Sargeant AM , who can be contacted at