Cardiff Council is looking to consult on a new Local Development Plan next year (around May).
The Local Development Plan will set out Cardiff Council's proposals for future development and use of land in its area. The Plasdwr development, for example, was agreed as part of the existing LDP - so it's important that we have our say in the development of the next LDP. It could result in another Plasdwr on our doorstep.
We are looking for members of our community with planning expertise - and who have an interest in our environment, our community - and how Radyr and Morganstown and the surrounding areas might develop over the next ten years.
If that's you, would you like to help us as we tackle the LDP process? There will be lots of issues to consider, but it's important for us to assemble a team able to build a case to ensure that Radyr and Morganstown gets the best possible deal from the next LDP.
If you would like to help, on a voluntary basis, or know someone who could help, please contact our clerk.
...You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Yes...it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
As we mentioned before, Santa will be touring Radyr and Morganstown this Friday evening, bringing festive joy and Christmas greetings to all who live here, especially our younger residents. All of us at Radyr and Morganstown Community Council are delighted to bring you this event. We have given Machen Round table a donation of £300 for the use of Santa's sleigh - that money will support one of the good causes that the Round Table group works with.
Santa's sleigh will be broadcasting some of our favourite Christmas songs, so you should be able to hear him coming!
Santa has kindly sent us his proposed route. Here it is (please note that the timings are approximate):
Heol Syr Lewis
Maes y Gwair
Heol y Cwm
Heol y Crofft
Ty Nant Inn
Main Road, Morganstown
Hazel Tree Close
Fisher Hill Way
The War Memorial
Heol Roald Dahl
St Philbert Street
Clos Park Radyr
In the meantime, here's Mariah Carey to get you all in the mood!
You can take part in our survey, here.
Many residents will be aware that Transport for Wales (which is owned by the Welsh Government) is about to undertake a very large project to electrify the Valleys Lines.
This will result in more trains (up from 6 per hour each way to 12 per hour each way) and new trains and carriages.
You can read more about the project here, here and here.
Transport for Wales will need access to the railway at several points along its length. These will be known as 'compounds'. This is where Transport for Wales will store the equipment and materials they need to undertake the work.
For safety reasons, most of the work will take place at night, when trains are not running.
Transport for Wales tell us that each compound will serve just a short length of track. If the compounds are too far apart, it would take too long to transport equipment and materials to where they are needed, thus limiting the amount of work that could be completed every night. This would increase the time it would take to finish the project - as well as increasing its cost.
Transport for Wales are proposing to install one compound in Morganstown (on the Mound Field) and one in Radyr (in the old car park at Radyr Station).
Both of these compounds, along with the works on the railway, will bring disruption to those residents who live near these sites. This could include noise and bright lights at night - and increased traffic.
The increased number of trains will make the Gelynis Farm pedestrian crossing unsafe to use. A train will pass every 2.5 minutes, on average. As such, Transport for Wales are proposing to build a new bridge to the south of Gelynis Farm, near the M4. The construction of the bridge will bring more disruption to those who live nearby.
In the longer term, the works may bring some community benefits. For instance, Radyr Rangers may be provided with a better pitch (and may end up with two pitches). They may also be provided with a clubhouse, changing facilities and storage space. Floodlighting could also be installed.
In addition, those who use the trains to commute could benefit from more trains per hour, with modern carriages.
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has asked its Planning Committee to consider this issue. Is the disruption inevitable? Do the compounds have to be sited as proposed by Transport for Wales? If they do, what mitigation is possible for local residents - and how can we ensure maximum community benefit?
We have sent Transport for Wales a list of questions (see below) - and we are in touch with local groups, including Morganstown Residents (who attended our Council meeting on 19 November), Radyr Rangers and Pugh's Garden Centre.
In the meantime, we would like to hear from you. What are your opinions about the Transport for Wales proposals? You can let us know by taking part in our online survey, by clicking here.
At the end of the day, decisions on this project will be made by Transport for Wales, the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council. Our role is to present the views of residents to those organisations - and to lobby on behalf of our community.
In the meantime, here are the questions we sent to Transport for Wales:
Now, for some unfortunate news...
Although we live in a great part of Cardiff, with a great community, we are visited sometimes by acts of ugly vandalism. The latest incidents happened on the night of 14 November, when the nurse and soldier silhouettes in Windsor Gardens, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One were destroyed, leaving razor sharp edges on the remains.
It is hard to believe that the persons responsible gave any thought to what they were doing. During the war, over 700,000 British soldiers were killed, defending our way of life. Some of those soldiers came from Radyr and Morganstown. Some of their families live here to this day. The level of disrespect was sick and disgraceful.
At the same time, lights and candles displayed to celebrate Diwali were smashed and destroyed - showing huge disrespect to our much-loved Hindu, Jain and Sikh friends. Again, we utterly condemn this moronic act.
We encourage anyone who knows anything about these incidents to contact the police on 101. If you feel nervous about doing so, why not talk to someone else first?
We cannot, and will not, live with ugly acts of vandalism in our community. Although the vandals may live outside Radyr and Morganstown, if anyone involved is reading this article, please know that we hope you are found - and that the sentence for criminal damage includes community orders, which can include up to 300 hours of unpaid work - whilst being supervised by the Probation Service for twelve months. Any subsequent criminal record has to be disclosed to employers, potential employers and in applications for places in University.
Our community should not have to tolerate this kind of behaviour.
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has great pleasure in announcing to its residents our plans for a “Festive and Safe” Christmas festival and celebrations.
For obvious reasons, we have been unable to organise some of our usual activities, but RMCC has been flexible and innovative in our approach to Christmas during these strange times.
Over the next few weeks there will be announcements on this site as we “Countdown to Christmas”. These will outline the activities that will be available for the whole Community. Please, therefore, save this site as one of your favourites and drop in regularly to see what will be happening - and when.
In the meantime, here is a flavour of what to expect throughout the month of December. Watch this space for more details. We really hope you enjoy!
Our Christmas trees and Station Road lights will be lit early this year to help generate a festive spirit.
Santa will tour our community to admire our Christmas lights - and join the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to launch Christmas and officially switch on the lights in Station Road. Look out for more details.
A tour of the Community by Disney Characters. After being so popular during lockdown, Mickey and Minnie will return as Mr and Mrs Claus, along with their friends, to visit us for Christmas. Watch out for the date and route details.
Who has the best decorations on the outside of their house? Enter our competition for the most festive house decorations and there will be a prize for the winners.
All this and more!! Keep watching our site for details and we hope you have a safe and festive Christmas!
Following a difficult year - and with the cancellation of so many Christmas events, Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has decided to bring some festive cheer to our community, by organising a Christmas Competition.
On offer is £100 worth of prizes for the houses which our judges decide are the best decorated houses in Radyr and Morganstown. Obviously, this will involve outdoor decorations only!
If you would like to enter the competition, simply send up to three photographs of your house to email@example.com. Entries should reach us by 18 December.
We will draw up a shortlist of homes, which our judging panel will view 'from the road'. They will do so whilst safely socially distanced - and only if Welsh Government rules in place at the time will allow them to do so. If they are unable to view the houses, we will judge the competion on the basis of the photographs.
The winning house will receive a £50 prize; the second best will receive £30 - and the third best will receive £20.
The judges will all be members of the Community Council's Christmas Working Group (which has also been busy arranging improvements to our festive street lighting).
They judges be looking for:
With the house owners' consent, we would like to post a picture of the winning houses on our website.
As with all competitions, the judges decision will be final!
No prizes will be awarded to any of the Council's staff or councillors.
We hope this small, fun event, will help us all get into the Christmas spirt!
To inspire you, here are some pictures of some tasteful and not-so-tasteful lights!
The new traffic lights at the junction of Heol Isaf and Llantrisant Road have been switched on.
This brings to an end (we hope) more than two years of roadworks at this site.
Now we'll have to wait and see how the lights affect traffic flow at this junction. Let us know how they affect your daily journeys.
Hopefully, it will be green for go!
This morning our Chair laid a wreath on behalf of the Community Council to commemorate British service members who have died in wars and other military conflicts since the onset of World War One.
With Wales still being in Lockdown, Remembrance Sunday this year is very different. In past years we have witnessed a large turnout around the War Memorial in Heol Isaf, followed by a service in Christ Church. However, with gatherings forbidden and churches closed, neither is possible today. Even so, online services will be held - details of which can be found here.
For the Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Western Power Distribution has grants available to support initiatives such as projects offering food and clothing parcels and hot meals, as well as gifts and support to vulnerable children, adults and the elderly over the winter holidays.
The ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’ offers grants up to £1,500 to local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups.
You can read more about the grant here.
We are pleased to publish this announcement by the Radyr and Morganstown Association about Remembrance Sunday services:
With Wales still being in Lockdown, Remembrance Sunday this year – on 8th November – will be very different. For many years we have witnessed a large turnout around the War Memorial in Heol Isaf, followed by a service in Christ Church. However, with gatherings forbidden and churches closed, neither is possible. Instead, there will be a brief service at the War Memorial starting around 10:45am, conducted by local Ministers Rev’d Vicki Burrows and Rev’d Judith Holliman. Please do not attend this service. It will be broadcast live via YouTube and everyone is encouraged to join in that way. Details of the service and the YouTube link can be found on the Community Website.
For those who would like to join in a service on Sunday, Rev’d Vicki will be conducting a Remembrance Sunday Eucharist Service via Zoom starting at 09:30. Details can be found on the Parish website.
In addition, the Rev’d Judith Holliman, of Radyr Methodist Church, will be conducting a Zoom service at 6pm which will be 'Remembering With Poetry'. If you would like to attend this service, please e-maol Rev's Judith. for the for the Zoom link: firstname.lastname@example.org
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