Someone has dumped a felled tree in a corner of our park in Pentwyn. This is quite dangerous. Any children exploring that part of the park could suffer an injury. Sharp twigs on the branches could pierce an eye. The community council will now have to pay to deal with the tree (using your money!) to make the area safe.
It will also make it more difficult for our park gardeners to maintain this corner of the park. The felled branches could damage expensive mechanical gardening equipment (again, paid for with your money!)
If your children play in Pentwyn Park, please keep them away from the tree until we've had time to make it safe.
Here's a huge well-done to local resident Jamie Grundy - and all those who contributed to his crowd-funding campaign to help fill the children's playground at Clos Parc Radur with new play equipment. (Previous story here).
At the time of writing, £2,540 has been raised - passing the target of £2,500!
There is still time to contribute - and the more money we can collect, the better the playground will be. Here's where you can donate.
So who, exactly, is Jamie Grundy? We asked him for a picture - so that you can recognise him. He sent us the one posted below. Jamie's the chap on the right.
Words fail us!
In the meantime, preparatory work continues, to redevelop the playground (where equipment was removed, after the footings were rusted away by mud and water flowing over the site). The community council, Cardiff Council and the Parc Radyr Management Company raised enough money (£30,000) to fill three-quarters of the circle - so Jamie's work will ensure that, for the first time ever, the park will be full of play equipment.
We need to prevent the flow of mud and water before installing new equipment. A drainage survey has been completed - and the cost of dealing with the problem will be around £15,000. That money has to be found before we can install the new equipment (which Cardiff Council has in storage).
Readers are welcome to encourage the leader of Cardiff Council (email@example.com) to find the money to undertake the drainage works.
Is this crowd-funding campaign a first for Radyr and Morganstown? Let us know, via the comments box below, if there have been other, successful campaigns.
Here's another vibrant and colourful piece of art installed by the pupils of Radyr Comprehensive School at the skatepark on the Mound Field. This is certainly brightening up our community!
This piece - and the others we showed you recently - were done as part of a Creative Collaboration project with the artist known as Unity (you can see more of her work on her millimagic website). The project was funded with an Arts Council Wales grant.
Unity has also coordinated artwork at Tongwynlais Primary School - and a new piece will be painted soon, near Radyr station.
Do you know of any more dark corners that could benefit from some community art treatment? Let us know in the comments box, below!
The community council has added its voice to those opposing a planning application to demolish a building and build five detached and two detached houses at Springfield Gardens, in Morganstown.
You can see our letter to Cardiff Council's planning department here.
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council intends to co-opt to fill a vacancy that has arisen on the council. The details are set out below (in Welsh and English).
Click here to read the public notice in Welsh.
Click here to read it in English.
If you are interested in being a councillor, or want to learn more, you can contact our office on 029 2084 2213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently we reported on the work being done by local resident, Jamie Grundy, to crowd-fund to buy more equipment for the Clos Parc Radur playground.
The good news, today, is that he is getting very close to his target of £2,500. At the latest count, £2,005 had been raised.
So with just £495 left to meet the target - here's a huge thank you to Jamie and all those who have contributed to his crowd-funding campaign. Well done, Jamie - and well done to all of his supporters.
Let's hope that the final £495 can be raised in the next week or so!
In the meantime, work continues to find ways to prevent mud and water from flowing across the playground. It will be important to resolve this issue, to ensure that the new equipment is not rusted away at their footings. A solution has been suggested - and the challenge now is to find the money to fund the necessary drainage works. We await news from Cardiff Council about that.
We will keep you posted.
Some residents will be aware that Llantrisant Road is to be closed to through traffic towards the end of the month. Rumours have been widely shared - with some fearing that HGV traffic would be diverted through Radyr and Morganstown.
We can now reveal what will actually be happening - following the Community Council's meeting with Cardiff Council earlier today.
Here, to begin with, is Cardiff's statement:
Vital drainage works will be carried out on Llantrisant Road
Llantrisant Road - from the junction with Heol Isaf to Cardiff Road (Creigiau) - will be closed in both directions from 9.30am on July 22nd for approximately three weeks, so vital drainage works can be carried out on the carriageway.
During the closure, the contractor will be carrying out work between 8am and 10pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9am until 10pm on Sundays.
The three week closure is the maximum amount of time that the road will have to close and if the work is completed earlier, residents, businesses and the general public will be notified in advance via an update press release. The work has been scheduled during the summer holiday, as research shows that after children break up from school, the traffic flow reduces significantly.
The Council has put plans in place to minimise disruption to residents and businesses. These include:
So what else do we know?
Is this happening because of Plasdwr?
No. This is a local authority project. The road surface and culvert are substandard just east of Creigiau. The work involved will require excavation of a trench of considerable depth, as well as resurfacing the road - making it impossible to keep the road open, or to open it when the day's work is done.
Cardiff Council has decided to undertake the work during the school holidays, when there is less traffic on the road and no school-runs to disrupt. Were the work not done, and the existing culvert collapsed, the road would be flooded - and an unplanned repair could easily take twice as long as the planned, summer-time repair.
What will happen to Heol Isaf?
Cardiff Council will be placing a great many diversion signs across the city and beyond - explaining that Llantrisant Road is closed - and directing traffic along alternative routes. These will include staying on the M4 (and traffic from Rhondda Cynon Taf joining the M4); then leaving the M4 at junction 33 - to drive to the Bay, or to leave at Culverhouse Cross to travel along the A48 towards Western Avenue (from where HGVs can turn left through Llandaf to approach the Plasdwr construction site).
Traffic will be diverted along Heol Isaf - but the existing weight restriction will remain in place. Even so, Cardiff Council hopes that a lot of traffic will follow the initial diversion onto the A48. The Go-Safe team will attend more often, keeping an eye on the speed of traffic on Heol Isaf. A temporary 20mph limit will not be introduced, because a consultation on a permanent 20mph Order is already underway. Cardiff's legal advice is that a temporary speed limit, imposed during the consultation period for a permanent speed limit, could lead to a legal challenge that the introduction of the temporary limit prejudiced the outcome of the consultation.
I live in Clos Parc Radur. What will happen to me?
After the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road roundabout, a chicane will be installed, to emphasise the point that the road ahead is closed. But local traffic and lorries delivering to the Redrow site will still be able to drive in and out of Clos Parc Radur. In fact, you will still be able to drive to St Fagan's this way. The road closure is just before Creigiau.
What if an HGV heading to Merthyr driver gets confused - and arrives at the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road roundabout?
A sign placed at the roundabout will instruct them to use the roundabout to make a u-turn and return back along Llantrisant Road.
If Heol Isaf does get busy, will traffic use Bryn Derwen / Drysgol Road /Windsor Avenue as a rat-run? And what about Golf Club Lane?
A sign will be placed at Windsor Road directing traffic along Heol Isaf. The possibility of closing Golf Club Lane for the duration is also being considered - to avoid its use as a rat run.
What about the bus service?
Cardiff Bus services to Radyr and Morganstown will be able to follow their current routes.
What about the emergency services?
They have been fully consulted and have plans in place to cope with the closure.
Will there be any temporary traffic lights near the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road junction works during this period?
No. Cardiff have instructed the Plasdwr contractors to keep that stretch of road fully open during the three week period.
Here's a map showing the closure scheme and related signage. Click on the map to see a full-size copy. (Right-click on the map if you want to download a pdf copy - which you can then expand on you screen, to view more detail). Note - the map shows the Heol Isaf weight restriction being lifted. This is not correct - the weight restriction will not be lifted:
If you've driven (slowly) along Heol Isaf, or walked down the lane between Woodfield Avenue and Taff Terrace - then you will know that some talented pupils from Radyr Comprehensive School have been busy decorating some walls with some colourful artwork.
On Heol Isaf (at no 76, to be precise) a field of poppies has appeared - and on the lane, there is now a trompe l'oeil, tempting you on a trip into Wonderland.
These pieces of community art certainly brighten up the neighbourhood - and are testament to the talent of the young artists who painted them (with 'Sophie' and 'Amber' to thank for the Wonderland contribution).
What do you think? Do you like them? Would you like to see more community art? If so, where? Let us know by commenting below.
What is community art? Find out here.