Tree maintenance: Recently, tree maintenance work has been completed at Windsor Gardens and Granny Park. There are further works to be done in Dan y Bryn Woods and Radyr Woods – these will be carried out from Autumn onwards.
Litter in Windsor Gardens: There has been an increase in litter in Windsor Garden and several residents have kindly assisted in collecting it over the past weeks. We will be monitoring the situation and will aim to ensure that discarded litter is collected as quickly as possible.
Pentwyn Park: There has been an overgrowth of vegetation over a resident’s garden in Pentwyn Park. This has now been removed. The specification for the new retaining wall in the Park has been received and the necessary steps are underway to lead to the construction of the said wall.
Road safety - Heol Isaf: The Community Council has written to Cardiff City Council regarding the overgrowth of vegetation on the East to West side of Heol Isaf commencing at the motorway bridge all along to the Scout Hut. This vegetation was obliterating the speed signs but remedial work has now been completed so that both these signs are visible to motorists.
Road safety – Windsor Road: The Community Council recently received a letter from the Cardiff City Planning Department in response to a letter of complaint from the Community Council in regard to the dangerous bend at the top of Windsor Road. We are delighted to report that the Planning Department has received Welsh Government funding to enable certain areas in Cardiff to be made safer for residents. Consultations in regard to the development of this particular area will shortly commence and will involve residents, the Community Council and the Radyr Ward member.
Cllr Ralph Vaughan
Chair of Environment Committee
Radyr & Morganstown Community Council
Take Part in our latest survey!
You can find it here.
What new money?
Caro Wild, Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for strategic planning and transport has written to every community council in Cardiff, seeking ideas for a new initiative, to be called the Local Infrastructure Idea Lists.
Specifically, he has asked for ideas in relation to public open spaces, community facilities and local highway improvements.
Whilst looking primarily at ideas that may be funded through Section 106 developer contributions, the lists will also help to inform other work that is undertaken by Cardiff Council’s service areas, using the Council's normal funding channels.
What will this mean for us?
This is an opportunity for people across Radyr and Morganstown to submit their ideas. What would you like to see developed in your area?
Would you like to see any improvements to our public spaces Better, or more, playgrounds? An outdoor gym? Improved landscaping? More places to sit and enjoy being outdoors? Somewhere for our young people to meet up? Do you want to see any improvements to Station Road?
How about community facilities? Improvements to our halls? How about a new community hall on the Mound Field, with facilities for Radyr Rangers? Better sports facilities? A MUGA*?
Or how about road safety and ease of movement across our community? Safer cycling? More zebra crossings?
The invitation is there, from Caro Wild - so we would like to respond with a set of ideas that could really make a difference to our community.
What can I do?
You can send us your ideas by completing our survey, here.
What will happen next?
We need to send our ideas to Cardiff Council as soon as we can, in September. After that time, we can still send more ideas, but it's important for us to get our ideas onto Cardiff's initial list.
An Important caveat:
It's important to understand, however, that there is no guaranteed pot of money to fund everything or anything. But if we don't present our ideas, we won't be able to complain if other areas see their projects developed.
So, Cardiff will assess all of the ideas it receives and prepare the Local Infrastructure Idea Lists. They will use this to help priorities how Section 106 money should be used (as well as helping to priorities the work they fund themselves).
What is Section 106 money?
New developments can have an impact on the local community. For example, growth in population arising from a new residential development might lead to greater pressure on local schools, community facilities, open spaces, highways or transportation. Planning obligations, known as Section 106 Contributions, can be used to require developers to provide new facilities, or contribute financially towards developments that help to mitigate the impact of their development.
To help guide the S106 process, the Local Infrastructure Idea Lists is a new scheme which will be developed to provide Cardiff Council with a way to identify local infrastructure ideas for different wards, which can be taken into consideration when S106 contributions are being sought.
Section 106 contributions can be sought for a range of infrastructure developments, such as affordable housing, transport, highway works, schools, open spaces, community facilities, public realm improvements, waste management facilities and flood risk management. However, as mentioned above, Caro Wild has asked us for ideas linked to public open spaces, community facilities and local highway improvements only (but we are checking why he has limited his request to those areas).
The boring bit
There are three legal tests governing the use of Section 106. It can constitute a reason for granting planning permission for the development only if the obligation is:
But don't these legal tests put you off! Send us your ideas. However wild! However ambitious! However big! However small! We want to know what you would like to have! Complete the survey and let us know what you'd like to see.
* A Multi Use Games Arena as described here.
We've replaced the floor in our main hall (the Garth Room), with oak-effect tiles. We think it makes the room look bigger, better and lighter!
It will also be much easier for hall users to clean after their events. No more gouging Camembert from carpet tiles after cheese and wine parties! No more dabbing at red wine stains with a wet cloth! Simply mop and sweep!
We hope you will like the new-look hall!
There is now a Love Where You Live locker in Radyr Library, which will go 'officially live' on Thursday 1st August.
The locker is equipped with litter-picking equipment for ten adults and five children.
Residents can access the equipment by signing up as a ‘Love Where You Live Champion’. They will then receive a Love Where You Live library card that will enable them to access the equipment at any hub or library with equipment - including at Radyr.
To sign up to be a litter-picker, you can email email@example.com for further information.
You can also read more about keeping Cardiff tidy in Welsh, here - and in English, here.
If you decide to take part in this excellent initiative, be sure to send us a photo of your team, fully equipped! We can post your pictures on this site! The link to our contact details is at the foot of this page.
As many of you will know, this website has a limited number of pages translated into Welsh. You can view these by clicking on the Union Jack banner, below - and choosing the Welsh flag which then appears.
At present, we are trialling the system - and are using the free-of-charge option offered by the company which provides the translation app (called ConveyThis). The option that would enable us to translate all of our website - as it grows - would cost us £1,900 per annum. Clearly, that is not beyond our reach - but it would increase our website costs substantially (we currently pay around £120 per annum for our domain name and website - which we think is amazing value).
As such, we have written to Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language at the Welsh Government, suggesting that she develops a similar app, using her Welsh Language Technology fund. We estimate that this could save community councils across Wales a total of £1,396,500 per annum.
We will let you know what she says.
In the meantime, you can read our letter to Eluned, in Welsh, here - and in English, here.
We ran a survey about Golf Club Lane. We asked: 'should it be closed to traffic?'
Our survey is now closed (Cardiff Council's consultation ends on Monday).
The results are as follows:
Just 53 responses.
32 were for closure (60%).
20 were against closure (37%).
1 respondent did not express a preference.
All who thought the lane should be closed (some of whom drive along the lane, from time to time) believe it is unsafe for walkers. Those who disagree believe that walkers are safe, or should take care.
Cllr Kieran Webster, Chair of our Road Safety Working Group, challenged the Stagecoach company recently, following the sighting of one of their coaches travelling at almost 40mph on the hill between the turns to Bryn Derwen and Min-y-Coed.
Within two days he received an apologetic and helpful reply from the company's managing director. You can read it below (click here to see a full sized copy).
Well done Cllr Webster - and fair play to Stagecoach.
If you see any crazy driving, make a note and let us know!
Following the commitment shown locally to help fund the new playground at Clos Parc Radur (including money from the community council, from local residents and a crowd-funding campaign), the Chair of the community council has written to the Chair of Cardiff Council asking that he helps ensure that money is found to pay for the essential drainage works required before any new equipment an be installed.
You can read the letter in Welsh, here.
And in English, here.
We will let you know when we hear back from Huw Thomas.
Essential carriageway lining & stud works will take place on Thursday 18th July, from 7:30pm until 5.00am on Friday 19th July.
For safety reasons, the works will necessitate the temporary closure of Llantrisant Road between the two Danescourt Way roundabouts.
The plan below shows the area that will be closed to all traffic.
Those talented children from Radyr Comprehensive School have been busy again. This time, they have brightened up the tunnel under the railway, next to Radyr Station - with portrayals of some of the world's most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai - and our very own Castell Coch!
And opposite this is a reminder that every cloud has a silver lining.
These are in addition to the community art already in place on Heol Isaf, on the lane between Woodfield Avenue and Taff Terrace and at the Mound Field - which you can see here and here.
Read our current and past news stories.