Following several comments on local social media and on Wales Online about a loud bang heard across north Cardiff yesterday afternoon (30 January), we have received this from Cemex, the operators of the Taffs Well Quarry:
"Just keeping you updated after a number of complaints and reports of unusual effects from blasting at Taffs Well Quarry reported within the press.
We have responded to the press and the individuals who have raised their concerns. We are undertaking a thorough examination of the circumstances. It goes without saying that we take extremely seriously any concerns from the local community in relation to our activities. We do our best to be a good neighbour and will continue to do so.
Without wishing to prejudice the ongoing investigation into these recent events, it appears that the weather conditions prevailing may have contributed to the effects experienced. Low cloud can result in ‘air over pressure’ where the blast can be reflected. The examination of the meteorological conditions will obviously form part of our detailed investigation and we will endeavour to report back to all our stakeholders in due course".
We will keep you posted.
Our survey seeking views about Cardiff Council's proposal to create a 20mph zone throughout Radyr and Morganstown (apart from Parc Radur) has now closed.
We received 454 responses - and here are the main results:
The majority of those who responded support the introduction of the speed limit. The survey showed that 286 people agreed - and 164 people disagreed:
Comments about the zone included:
An even greater majority of those who responded support the introduction of a 20mph speed limit on the road where they live. The survey showed that 325 people agreed - and 122 people disagreed.
This may suggest that people agree that lower speed limits can be justified - and can bring benefits to residents - although they may be keener to see those limits introduced outside their homes than outside other people's homes.
In other words, the principle that lower speed limits can be beneficial seems to be accepted by 72% of respondents.
Most respondents believe that none of the roads in Radyr and Morganstown should be exempt from the speed limit. The survey showed that 235 people think that no road should be exempt - as opposed to 134 people who think that some roads should be exempt.
Comments about possible exemptions included:
Continuing with the same theme, most respondents believe that the entire length of the main road should be subject to a 20mph speed limit. The survey showed that 286 people agreed with this view - as opposed to 164 who disagreed.
Comments about this included:
When also asked a series of questions:
Here is the age breakdown of respondents:
The lowest support for a 20mph zone was amongst 25 to 34 year olds. Support is fairly constant between the ages of 35 and 64. It falls away slightly between 65 and 74 - and increases significantly at age 75 and over.
Here's the gender breakdown of respondents:
Not only were the number of respondents split almost equally between male and female - there was hardly any difference of opinion between the genders with regard to the proposed 20mph zone.
[NB: Following a claim on local social media that multiple responses from individual computers were possible, the results were analysed - and revealed that one respondent had submitted multiple identical responses at 2.00am on 15 January. All but one response from that respondent were removed - and steps taken to ensure that only one response per device could be submitted].
[NB: With regard to pollution, Cardiff Council has installed air pollution monitors along the main road - and initial readings suggest that pollution levels are around 50% of the maximum permitted levels. If the 20mph zone is introduced, monitoring will continue - and could inform future action with regard to traffic management and pollution. In addition, the UK Government is considering bringing its 2040 ban on the sale of all new conventionally powered petrol and diesel cars forward to 2035. As such, we may well see the proportion of electric and hybrid cars on our roads increasing in the intervening period. This, along with the promised park-and-ride facilities on the outskirts of Cardiff; proposed restrictions on HGV vehicles - and an improved rail service, could help reduce air pollution levels. On the other hand, of course, Plasdwr may lead to more traffic passing through Radyr and Morganstown].
[NB: Parc Radur may be included in a future 20mph zone proposal].
In its meeting on 23 January the Community Council agreed to award a grant of £526.80 to the Bryn Deri Primary School PTA, towards the cost of a cabinet to safely store the new defibrillator to be located at the school.
Commenting on the grant award, council Chair, Huw Onllwyn Jones, said:
'I am very proud to announce that we, as a council, have been able to support the installation of this new defibrillator. These machines can save lives - and it's great to know that we now have a number of them installed across Radyr and Morganstown - including, of course, the ones located at Radyr Medical Centre and at the optician's shop on Station Road'.
St John Wales offers defibrillator training for anyone wanting to know how to use the devices - and possible save a life. You can find out more here.
A defibrillators is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart. In atrial fibrillation, the heart rate is irregular and can sometimes be very fast. In some cases, it can be considerably higher than 100 beats a minute.
In its meeting on 23 January the Community Council agreed to award a grant of £498 to Radyr Golf Club, to help pay for some 'Tri-Golf' teaching equipment (such as nets, clubs and targets) to help ensure that younger children can have a taste of the sport - and hopefully become fully fledged players in future.
In addition, a grant of £1,000 was awarded to Radyr Cricket Club to help with the costs of indoor junior winter nets for their players aged between 8 and 14.
We also awarded a grant of £440 towards the costs of Bryn Deri and Radyr Primary Schools Orchestra and Choir.
Commenting on the grant awards, council Chair, Huw Onllwyn Jones, said:
'It is great that we can support these two, excellent clubs, as they seek to provide our young people with training to learn and improve golfing and cricketing skills.
I'm also very happy that we have been able to support the Bryn Deri and Radyr Primary Schools Orchestra and Choir.
Maybe the Ben Stokes' and Virginia Wades of the future will start their paths to glory thanks to their time with our fantastic cricket and golf clubs! Not forgetting, of course, the next Pavarotti...!
We support the May Festival...
In its meeting on 23 January the Community Council agreed to award a grant of £1,800 to the Radyr and Morganstown Association to help pay for the costs of:
Commenting on the grant award, council Chair, Huw Onllwyn Jones, said:
"I am delighted that we can, once again, support Radyr and Morganstown's fabulous May Festival. The RMA undertakes an astonishing amount of work in arranging the festival - and I know that they will raise a huge amount of money for this year's charity, Tenovus.
The Concert in the Park will be extra special this year - as it combines the usual, excellent entertainment with some special features as part of the commemorations to celebrate 75 years since VE Day.
I am also pleased that we can help with the Fun Run. This is a great event for families - and I look forward to seeing young and old running to keep fit - and helping with the fundraising.
We can be justly proud of our festival - and I urge all who live in Radyr and Morganstown to attend as many events as possible. It's all very good fun - and you will be supporting a very good cause".
Tenovus helps fund cancer research and provides services to help people with cancer. You can read more about them here.
VE Day celebrates Victory in Europe, at the end of the Second World War. You can read more here.
And you will be able read all about the Radyr and Morganstown festival here.
We have previously reported that Cardiff Council has agreed to build three new tabled zebra crossings in Radyr and Morganstown (near Heol Syr lewis, Ty Mynydd Close and Rectory Close).
We met with Cardiff Council recently, to discuss traffic issues. During the meeting, Cardiff explained that the work to install our new zebra crossings was out to tender, with an aim of getting on-site in April / May.
This will help slow traffic and make our main road safer.
One problem, however, might be a shortage of contractor capacity, given the number of large projects underway in Cardiff, such as the Plasdwr project.
We will keep you posted.
We have today received an invitation from Cardiff Council to draw attention to their consultation on their budget for 2020/21. We are happy to do so - and if you wish to take part in this process, you can see the consultation documents:
The consultation has already launched and closes on 31st January so Cardiff has provided us with quite a tight schedule.
Cardiff Council is keen to emphasise, however, that the results of the survey are key in the planning and delivery of council and partner services.
Paper copies available for the budget consultation are available from Cardiff Council. Questions or requests for hard copies can also be addressed to email@example.com.
Supporting active travel
Active travel is good for our health and the environment.
Did you know that Cycle Training Wales refurbishes bikes with both new and used parts? The bikes come from Cardiff Council's recycling centres or are donated by the public. As well as being carefully repaired, all the bikes are given a thorough pre-delivery inspection by a qualified mechanic before going on sale.
All sale bikes come with a three-month warranty against faults and defects. Note that Cycle Training Wales is unable to warranty bikes against punctures or damage arising from misuse.
This page has the details of available bikes - for children and adults. Adult bikes are currently available from £60; kids from £20.
Founded in 2007, Cycle Training Wales aims to promote the benefits of cycling through education and other activities. It is a leading provider of cycle training in schools, and has also trained many of the local authority instructors in Wales. From its base in Cardiff, it also runs its award-winning bike recycling and repair workshop.
'Active travel' means making journeys by physically active means, like walking or cycling. These are usually short journeys, like walking to the shops, walking the kids to school, cycling to work, or cycling to the station to catch a commuter train.
In recent months, volunteers have been turning up at Radyr Library to help with litter picking across our community.
They have done excellent work - and we can all be thankful to them for helping keep our streets free from rubbish.
Now we need three volunteers willing to ensure that this important work continues. As such, it is proposed that the next litter pick be followed by a cuppa in the library - and a brief discussion about the future of the scheme.
Are you free next Monday morning? Are you keen to help keep our streets free from litter? Do you want to make new friends and enjoy some fresh air as you help the litter-picking team?
If so, please pop along to the library at 10.00am - and be a local hero!
Our thanks also goes to Redrow for helping to sponsor this work.
Take part in our 20mph survey