We have a vacancy on the community council, following the departure of one of our Morganstown councillors.
Here is a notice published by Cardiff Council, which sets out the process for filling the vacancy:
Cardiff Council is proposing to make a Public Spaces Protection Order under s.59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in respect of the dog control. This would allow Enforcement Officers to serve Fixed Penalty Notices for specified antisocial behaviour relating to dogs.
Written representations or objections to the draft text of the proposed Order can be made by post to Jonathan Childs, Commercial Services , County Council of the City and County of Cardiff, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4UW or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 12th June 2019.
If you do respond to the draft order, please feel free to send a copy to us at email@example.com. We are interested to hear what people living in Radyr and Morganstown think about this issue.
You can see the English version of the draft order here.
And the Welsh version here.
Or you can view them on Cardiff's website here.
Cardiff Council is consulting about a number of proposals for managing traffic on Heol Isaf. The work includes:
You can see the proposals here.
The closing date for comments is 10 June 2019.
The community council will be submitting a response in due course and will post it on this website.
Radyr Primary School pupils have been busy planting a new Liquidambar tree at Windsor Gardens to replace one that was vandalised over the Christmas holiday by someone who clearly lacked respect for our community.
The tree had been planted to commemorate work done on behalf of the community by three, long serving community councillors, following their retirement from the council.
The damaged tree was replaced with a larger, more mature tree, with a tree guard installed to protect it.
The picture shows local resident and gardening expert, Jim Goodwin, leading the work of planting the tree. The spade was used by the children to pack soil around the roots - in the hope that the new tree will grow to a good size - and give pleasure to those who visit the park for many years to come.
Also in the picture are some of the school's teachers along with the then council chair, Ralph Vaughan and Cllr Rod McKerlich.
'It was great to see the children taking time out from school to help plant this beautful tree' said Cllr Vaughan. 'They will be able to watch it grow - and enjoy the amazing show of colour that the Liquidambar tree will provide.'
The second photograph shows how the tree could look as it matures.
Radyr is growing!
As we all know, the Plasdwr development is beginning to take shape - with the first houses being built along Llantrisant Road, including at the entrance to Clos Parc Radyr.
And, already, we have several new residents to welcome to our community.
Since the summer of 2018, families have been moving into their new homes - and settling in.
Amongst our new neighbours are Carl and Julie Evans, a retired couple who moved here from Usk last year.
'We wanted to move to Cardiff to be closer to our son and his young family' explained Carl. 'And, for us, Radyr was the perfect choice. Our granddaughter attends Radyr Comprehensive, so we are ideally placed to help out after school'.
Julie worked as a primary school teacher and knows the value of a good education - and of ensuring good links between schools and the communities they serve:
'We've really enjoyed working with Radyr Primary School, where we take part in the 8 to 80 sessions with the children. It's lovely to see how they respond when we talk to them about what school was like for us, without computers, whiteboards or any modern technology!'
'We've found Radyr to be a very welcoming community' added Carl. 'When we moved here, Redrow helped us get to know our neighbours - and it was great to share ideas with them about where to find some of life's necessities, such as help with the garden and information about local amenities.'
'It didn't take us long to find places like Cicchetti and Slice' added Julie, 'As well as the lunch club, run by the community council at Radyr Golf Club. That's been a great way for us to meet people and make new friends. And we enjoy listening to the speakers who entertain us after lunch. We've heard about medieval Cardiff, the history of anaesthetics, pirates in Penarth Bay and much more.'
Its great, too, that we can walk to Station Road', added Carl. 'It's good to know that we can buy our paper from McColl's or grab some milk from the Co-op - or even get to the library - without having to take the car. It's also great that we can take the train to town so easily'.
'In fact, we are very happy here' said Julie. 'It's been so easy to feel at home in Radyr. We've been welcomed by the local churches - and we now attend Radyr Methodist Church. I've also joined a Tai Chi class - we joined in with the local litter picking group - and we like the fact that our near neighbours are a mixed community, including young families and older residents, like us. It's also nice to see that some of our neighbours are long-standing Radyr residents who liked what they saw in Plasdwr and moved into this brand new neighbourhood'.
'For us, Radyr was the perfect choice. We really want to contribute to the community, make friends and take part in as many things as we can. It's a fabulous place to call home!'
Welcome to Radyr, Carl and Julie!
Following our earlier post about the state of the River Taff and the pollution along the river banks through Radyr and Morganstown...
...we met with Natural Resources Wales and Cardiff Council on 3 May to discuss the problem. This turned out to be a very positive meeting, held during a litter-pick organised by the excellent Cardiff Rivers Group and aimed at keeping the River Taff looking as clean as possible. Indeed, it was good to see NRW and Cardiff Council staff taking part in the litter pick.
During the meeting it was agreed that NRW and Cardiff Council would work together to prepare a document setting out how this problem is to be tackled in future.
It was also agreed that this document should serve to reassure the community in Radyr and Morganstown (and further afield) that the relevant statutory agencies are dealing with the problem, whilst explaining what will be done by them and others.
Discussions also focused on how the document could set out what NRW and Cardiff Council will do together (and with the Cardiff Rivers Group and others) to:
For its part, Radyr and Morganstown Community Council will be very pleased to comment on the draft document (simply to help ensure that it deals with the concerns of our community).
We will keep you posted as soon as the document comes to hand!
The Radyr and Morganstown Association has published details about the festival on its website, here.
There's plenty for all to enjoy - so please go along to enjoy yourself and help raise money for this year's good cause, which is Action For Children.
The picture above shows Windsor Gardens prepared for a display of Maypole dancing, to be given by children from Radyr and Bryn Deri primary schools (at 2.00pm on Monday, 6 May). The grass, as you can see, has been cut quite short - and in a circle. No rain is forecast!
And what, exactly, is Maypole dancing? Find out here!
Clean Air Cardiff (on behalf of Cardiff Council) is looking at different ways to help tackle air pollution in the city and needs your feedback on the different proposals.
Air quality along Castle Street and other parts of the city is likely to fail legal limit of pollution levels (nitrogen dioxide - NO2) if nothing is done to reduce traffic pollution.
This will mean Cardiff Council will need to decrease the number of cars that travel through the city centre, whilst increasing the space available for public transport and active travel.
They have come up with a number of proposals which will not only fix the problem on Castle Street, but will also help make the air we breathe across the city cleaner.
Have your say on the consultation, here.
Radyr was in the news on 26 April as a car overturned at 5.22pm on Kings Road, near Radyr Station. According to Wales Online, the car collided with a parked vehicle before overturning. An elderly lady was released from the car and received minor treatment from paramedics at the scene.
The community council asked Cardiff Council (in November 2018) to consider the risks associated with the junction of De Clare Drive with King's Road. This accident demonstrates the need to introduce improvements at this location as soon as possible.
You can read more about this incident here.
The children's climbing frame was removed from the Drovers' Way playground today, following an assessment by Cardiff Council that it was no longer safe to use. The frame's footings had rusted away, due to constant flooding of the play area.
Radyr and Morganstown Community council has been working hard with Cardiff Council, the Parc Radyr Management Committee and Redrow Homes to prepare for the installation of new equipment. Funding is in place to fill around three-quarters of the play area - with further funds to be sought to fill the remaining area. (Full story here).
However, before any new equipment is installed, work will need to be done to prevent mud and water flooding onto the site (and ruining the new equipment). Redrow Homes are working closely with Cardiff Council to agree on the necessary works. We will continue to press them to do this as quickly as possible, so that this important play area is once again a great place for young children to play and learn.