If you live in Tircoed, or are planning on living in the village, we hope to answer all your questions, help you find out what's going on, and find more information about something you may need help with.
The village has many official and unofficial annual events including summer and Christmas Fetes, fairs, coffee mornings, and Halloween parties; so check back here often for updates, or visit Facebook to connect with the community.
If there's something you want to know about life in the village, there's a good chance you'll find the answer below. If you don't find the information you need, why not ask the community on Facebook? If you're sure you can't locate the information you need below, visit the Contact section below, to find out who you need to speak with.
The Rent Charge is an amount of money every house is required to pay (there are a small number of houses in the village built before 1998 in Bron Afon exempt from this). The current Rent Charge is £87.57 per year (payable every March) and this will increase by a small amount every five years (this will happen next in 2020). Further information about how this is calculated is provided with your payment demand each year.
Due to the village being created in a special way, each house is required to pay the Rent Charge, to contribute to the upkeep of the village. This Rent Charge is similar to that paid by persons living in a block of flats, or in a gated community, for example. Payment of the Rent Charge is mandatory, it is not optional, and every house is legally obliged to pay it. This will have been clearly explained to you by the professional you instructed when you purchased your property. It is extremely unlikely you would not know of this, but if you feel you are in this position, it is something you should take up with the professional you paid to undertake the legal work for you, when you purchased a property in the village. It is the house owner who is liable for this charge. If you rent a property in the village you should speak to your landlord to confirm the terms of your tenancy agreement regarding the charge.
If you don't own the freehold for the land your property is situated on you will be required to pay Ground Rent annually (some may call this the 'leasehold' and it shouldn't be confused with the Rent Charge). The Ground Rent fee varies depending on the land your house occupies. The Rent Charge is administered by CLC Chartered Surveyors and the Ground Rent is administered by Rees Richards & Partners. Contact details for both are found below.
Yes! A Gift Aid form is supplied every year with the Rent Charge demand. If you pay tax, this will normally be of no cost to you, and the Trust may claim extra funds from HMRC for the benefit of the village. You can download a Gift Aid form to send to us here.
The Rent Charge is mostly used to maintain the village. Examples of this include, cutting of grass, maintenance of trees in and around the village, lighting around the village hall area, village hall maintenance, etc. Tircoed Village Trust is a registered charity, and as such, all annual financial accounts are available publicly by visiting Companies House. Tircoed Village Trust Registered Company Number 03091199. Charities Commission Number 1048708.
This is all due to an issue regarding adoption. When the Council adopts the village it will be responsible for additional activities such as the maintenance of street lighting. This has been a frustratingly challenging issue for the Trust and the matter is extremely complicated due to factors such as drainage and pond ownership with Welsh Water. The Trust are actively pursuing this issue as a matter of priority. There is more information about this available on request if you wish to know more or feel you can help in any way. Please contact us below.
Not paying the annual Rent Charge means there is additional cost required in administration requiring the payment of outstanding debts, in addition to loss of interest of amounts banked. If you feel the village is a lovely place to live (and a lot of people think so) and enjoy the benefits from village upkeep, facilities and events, please ensure you pay outstanding monies promptly. IF YOU KNOW YOU OWE MONEY, PLEASE PAY BEFORE JANUARY 31ST TO AVOID ADDITIONAL FEES AND LEGAL ACTION. Currently, the Trust is owed a considerable sum by some residents who have elected not to pay. This is money that cannot benefit the village as outlined above. In addition to the the legal ramifications of not paying, a resident choosing not to pay this money, is expecting everyone else in the village to shoulder the cost of tree and grass maintenance, running of the village hall, and summer and Christmas fetes, etc.
All collection of Rent Charge monies and accounts are handled by CLC Chartered Surveyors. You will receive a statement every year (usually around April) outlining any monies owed and detailing several methods of payment. Their contact details are given below.
With the amount of money involved and responsibility required to run the village, a Trust was appointed in order to manage this. The Trustees are directors of this Trust, which is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. The Trustees do not earn money for the time and effort they donate towards the running and betterment of the village.
There are currently 8 Trustees. If you feel you can contribute to the successful running of the village by becoming a Trustee, and wish to find out more about what this entails, please contact us and we'll be happy to advise. Our current Trustees are (year joined):
Eleanor Burn (2007)
Paul Davies (2015)
Tony Fenn (2015)
Stuart Hall (2015)
Anne-Marie Morgan (2015)
Ieuan Thomas (Chair) (2008)
Bob Walker (2005)
You can find all the contact details you need by visiting the Contact section below.
The Trustees held public meetings regularly in the past, but there was very little interest and attendance. If there is ever a need to hold a public meeting, the Trustees will be more than happy to organise one. Information regarding Trust activities is available on request and a good deal of information is already publicly available as outlined above.
Please contact the Trustees. You may be required to complete a simple application form regarding your idea, which will ask about potential costs, who would be responsible, etc. The Trustees will be happy to review every request submitted.
Welcome to Tircoed FOREST Village! A huge attraction of moving to, and living in, the village is that it is nestled in a beautiful forest. Whilst being surrounded by lush green forestry is an attraction, it is understood some trees may grow large, and cause a concern to some. The following aims to help you direct any such issue correctly. If there are branches, fruit, seeds, nuts, etc. overhanging your property, please remember you are legally permitted to trim anything overhanging and return trimmings onto the land the tree grows from. Is the tree rooted on a neighbour's land? If so, please speak to them directly as you would do in any other part of the UK. If the tree is rooted in Natural Resources Wales (formerly known as Forestry Commission) land (these trees form the perimeter around our village) please contact them for advice. Is the tree on the approach road into the village (the half mile road toward the mini-roundabout)? If so, you need to contact the Council. If the tree is rooted in any other area please contact CLC Chartered Surveyors for advice. All contact details are provided below.
Please remember, most of the village is still unadopted. When the Council fully adopt the village all enquiries should be directed there. The approach road to the village is the responsibility of the Council already. All other roads are currently under ownership of the developers (Bovis or Persimmon depending on where you are in the village). Contact details are given below.
The lake (pontoon, pond) should come under ownership of Welsh Water, but due to circumstances regarding village adoption, the upkeep has to be undertaken by the Trust. The lake has been successfully managed by the Trust for the best part of 20 years, and will continue to do so, unless advised that ownership may be transferred.
Swansea Council is responsible for this. If you find a bin which is close to full, or overflowing, please contact them using the details given below.
Any persons wishing to use the hall are charged a small fee to contribute toward the running costs (lighting, heating, water and drainage, cleaning, wear and tear, etc.). If you are a resident of the village (proof may be required) you are entitled to reduced fees. All hall enquiries should be directed to the contact details found below.
Radio Tircoed is one of the many attractions that makes our village unique. It is a volunteer-run radio station operated for the benefit of our community and its staff also give up their time to support our village events. You can find more information about Radio Tircoed by visiting their website.
The Trustees organise two events a year, namely, the Summer Fete and Christmas Fete. The Summer Fete is usually always held on the Saturday of August bank holiday weekend, and residents enjoy many activities and live acts throughout the day and evening. The Christmas Fete is usually always held on a Monday evening in December with villagers enjoying mince pies and mulled wine as children visit Father Christmas in his grotto. There are also coffee mornings, baby and toddler groups, craft fairs and clubs throughout the year. For up-to-date news on events and activities in the village, please visit the Tircoed Forest Village Community Page on Facebook.
If you would like to propose or organise an event, or support our annual fetes, please contact the Trustees using the contact details below.
You will find some of the latest news about our village here. If there's anything you need to know, or would like to publicise, please get in touch using the contact details below.
It is confirmed there will be no trust-organised summer fete in 2019. It is understood there will be disappointment as our community has immensely enjoyed these events over several years.
Trustees are unpaid volunteers who give up their time for the benefit of the community and take on responsibility for many activities including management of the village hall and parts of the village (some areas are maintained by other bodies – read the FAQs for further information). Our social events have always been above and beyond what should be expected of the trust, and despite making considerable effort, trustees received some surprising negativity regarding last year’s fete. This, coupled with the limited resources and time available, has resulted in this difficult decision being made.
It’s worth remembering even Glastonbury has a ‘fallow’ year off occasionally. Holding a summer fete next year is currently undecided but we hope, with enough support from residents, we can organise one better than ever. We are pleased to remind you Radio Tircoed will host the well-publicised event for our community this summer and it promises to be a fantastic day for all the family to enjoy. With your support, we are sure it will be a success, and look forward to seeing you there.
Here you will find contact details for everyone who can help with village life. If you can't find the right person, or need to ask a question not answered in the FAQs above, use the form below to send us a message.
To book the village hall please contact Ieuan Thomas on 01792 891549 for availability and cost.
Persimmon Homes West Wales is responsible for the upkeep of street lighting, drainage and roads. Contact details for issues concerning these roads are as follows: Persimmon Homes West Wales, Dragon House, Parc Y Draig, Penllergaer Business Park, Swansea SA4 9HJ. Telephone O1792 2298OO. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bovis Homes is responsible for the upkeep of street lighting, drainage and roads in their areas of the village. Contact details for issues concerning these roads are as follows: Bovis Homes, Western Region Cleeve Hall, Bishop's Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 8GD. Telephone 01242 662400. Email Adrian.Shute@bovishomes.co.uk
Swansea Council is responsible for the upkeep of street lighting, drainage and roads leading to the mini roundabout and for the emptying of all red dog waste (poo) bins. Contact details for issues concerning these roads are as follows: City and County of Swansea Environment Department, Highways, Players Industrial Estate, Clydach, Swansea SA6 5BJ. Telephone 01792 841670
Some other communal areas belong to the leaseholder of the land. Contact details for issues concerning these areas are as follows: The Llysdinam Trust, c/o Rees Richards & Partners, Druslyn House De la Beche Street, Swansea SA1 3HH. Telephone 01792 650705
Natural Resources Wales is responsible for a large area of land surrounding the Village. Contact details for issues concerning this land are as follows: Natural Resources Wales, Coed y Cymoedd Forest District, Resolven, Neath SA11 4DR. Telephone 0300 068 0300. Email email@example.com
Tircoed Village Trust is responsible for some of the communal areas within the village. Contact details for issues concerning this land are as follows: Tircoed Village Trust c/o CLC Chartered Surveyors, 128 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5RG. Telephone 01792 524452
Most of the questions asked regularly are already answered in the FAQs above so please check there for information first before making contact with anyone. A lot of enquiries regularly made with the Trustees should also be directed straight to some of the contacts given above, so please ensure you do need to speak with a trustee before making contact. Please note, using social media e.g. Facebook to communicate with the Trustees is no guarantee they will see your message or be able to respond to it. You can contact Tircoed Village Trust by:
Telephone: 01792 898588
Post: CLC c/o Tircoed Village Hall, Tircoed Forest Village, Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9SF
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