Minutes of the Second AGM of the Rhondda Tunnel SocietyHeld in the Parc n’ Dare Lounge at 7.00pm on Thursday 16th. November 2017
Apologies: None. All Trustees and members of the main subcommittee were present except Dan Jones (in USA). Ian Roberts was introduced as a main committee member who speaks Welsh.
Video: The latest version was shown and comments invited. Members were generally pleased with it but the following observations were made:
Chairman’s Report (Steve Mackey)
A busy year with a long list of people and organisations that we have visited.
Treasurer’s Report (Lesley Crew) Accounts are on the website. This year the accounts included a complete profit, loss & balance; last year’s were just income & expenditure. This year’s accounts have greater detail. Members were encouraged to examine them and ask questions. Lesley also asked for support for our forthcoming Treorchy Wind Farm funding bids by voting on Sunday 26th. November. The annual concert had been a success again and we were seeing if we can put on a similar event in Port Talbot in the spring.
Elections: Chaired by Jim Maggs.
Steve Mackey, Lesley Crew, Tony Moon and Tom Green all stood for re-election according to the rules of the constitution, and were re-elected unanimously:
Proposer: Doug Hicks; Seconder: Robert Morgan
Constitution Changes recommended by the trustees
Tony Moon presented the “non-controversial” changes. Simon James, Head of Interlink RCT explained why they recommended the change to Clause 15.2 (to remove a trustee by a vote of the trustees rather than a general meeting).
The revised constitution was approved unanimously.
Proposer: Jim Mackey; Seconder: Charlie Combs
Tunnel Visit scheduled for 1st. Dec. 2017 & Detailed Examination
Steve Jones – Chair of Tech. Subcommittee explained why the visit was needed and how it would be conducted. In particular we needed to see the block wall, air shaft and cog ahead of the detailed exam.
Debra White – Chair Business Plan Subcommittee explained what would be needed to create a business plan that would be presented to the Welsh Govt. to persuade it to take ownership of the tunnel, and the steps being undertaken to gather the information that the report would need.
Publicity Banners Two designs for publicity banners were shown and comments invited. Main comments as follows:
Questions from the Floor
How would commuters be supported? Local residents and commuters would not be changed a toll.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to Shay Fisher, Kaci Jones, & Demi Hayes in thanks for their support.
17th. November 2017