Tircoed Forest Village

Welcome to Tircoed

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.

Where

Tircoed Forest Village is situated in the SA4 region of Swansea, South Wales between the villages of Penllergaer and Pontlliw, and is accessible from the A48 near Junction 47 of the M4 motorway.

What

It was built from the late 1980s onwards and consists of 470 houses clustered around a village hall, pond, green, and shop, and even has its own local community radio station - Radio Tircoed.

Who

The village has a fantastic sense of community, and is served by Trustees (unpaid volunteers taking responsibility to help the community).



The Village Square

The square is the hub of the village and includes children's play areas.

Surrounded by Lush Forest

There are stunning forestry walks right on our doorstep.

Radio Tircoed

Our own community radio station broadcasts far and wide. Get involved!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  • Rent Charge

  • What is a Rent Charge and how much is it?

    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.

  • Why is there a Rent Charge?

    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.

  • Can you claim gift aid to increase funds?

    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.

  • What does the Rent Charge get spent on?

    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.

  • Why do we pay a Rent Charge for services that the Council should provide?

    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.

  • What happens if I don't pay the Rent Charge?

    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.

  • I wish to find out how I can pay, how much I owe, or have an enquiry about my account, who do I contact?

    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.

  • Trustees

  • Why do we have Trustees?

    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.

  • Who are the Trustees?

    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)
    Geoff Tanner (2007)
    Ieuan Thomas (Chair) (2008)
    Bob Walker (2005)

  • How do I get in touch with the Trustees?

    You can find all the contact details you need by visiting the Contact section below.

  • Are there public meetings and can I attend?

    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.

  • I have an idea about a village improvement, facility, or event that will benefit the village, who do I contact?

    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.

  • Maintenance

  • I have an issue with a tree, who do I contact?

    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.

  • I wish to report a problem regarding street lighting, drainage or road markings. Who do I speak to?

    Please remember, most of the village is still unadopted. When the Council fully adopt the village (planned for 2017) 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.

  • Who is responsible for the lake in the village?

    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.

  • Who is responsible for emptying the red dog waste (poo) bins?

    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.

  • Miscellaneous

  • I wish to book the village hall for a private function, business event, or activity for the benefit of the village. Who do I contact and how much does it cost?

    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.

  • Why do we have a radio station in the village?

    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.

  • What events are held in the village?

    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.

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News

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.

Boules and Benches

The Trustees are applying for a grant from the local Council to fund installation of new benches around the village, and boules for the green, for the enjoyment of all. Keep checking back here for updates.

Coffee Mornings

Over 55 and looking to meet others? Join us for coffee every Wednesday morning at 11am in the village hall! There is no need to register, just turn up, and enjoy a coffee and a chat with other like-minded neighbours!

Village Adoption

It is still taking an inordinate amount of time to get the village adopted. Welsh Water are currently working on issues regarding the pond before we can proceed. Swansea Council were contacted recently for an update on adoption progress and they still await confirmation from Welsh Water that these issues are resolved.

You may notice our roads haven't been swept for nearly five years and a number of drains are blocked. There has been some progress on the drainage lately, but perhaps residents can help apply pressure on Swansea Council, by placing requests to their offices directly.

Village Play Area

The project to improve play facilities for under 12's has been completed! Take the little ones along to the village square and let us know what you think. We are now looking at painting the existing play facilities and laying new non-slip surfaces where possible.

Contact

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 terry.hammond@persimmonhomes.com



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 fcwenquiries@forestry.gsi.gov.uk



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
Email: tircoed@btinternet.com
Post: CLC c/o Tircoed Village Hall, Tircoed Forest Village, Penllergaer, Swansea SA4 9SF

Alternatively, please use the form below.

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Tircoed Village Trust Registered Company Number 03091199
Charities Commission Number 1048708
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