Radyr and Morganstown Community Council, along with our excellent County Councillor, Rod McKerlich, have been working with Cardiff Council to develop a number of ideas with regard to road safety and highway improvements across our community. Indeed, Cllr McKerlich has been working hard on many of these ideas for many years with considerable success.
This work has resulted in the proposals to build three new zebra crossings along our main road; the closure of Golf Club Lane to traffic; proposals to install a section of pavement on Windsor Road - and, of course, Cardiff Council has recently consulted on its proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit throughout Radyr and Morganstown (apart from Parc Radur, which will be included in a separate scheme, in due course).
We have also discussed, with Cardiff, possible improvements to the Station Road area. To this end, we have agreed to present Cardiff with ideas which could improve road safety at this location, whilst also improving Station Road's role as one of our community hubs.
In doing so, we are mindful of the fact that changes to the area would depend on Cardiff Council having funds available to undertake the work. Those funds could come from Plasdwr Section 106 money, or from other sources - but nothing can be guaranteed at this stage.
Even so, we see our role as presenting Cardiff Council with a vision for Station Road. It will be for Cardiff to decide whether or not to implement it.
We have today, therefore, invited residents and businesses located on, or near, Station Road, Windsor Crescent, King's Road and King's Avenue to respond to a number of ideas developed by the Community Council. These relate mainly to those roads - as well as the approach to Radyr Station.
The proposals deal with parking, possible one-way systems, the use of Station Road by the community - and pedestrian safety near Radyr Station.
Our initial survey has been sent only to residents and businesses directly affected by the proposal. Depending on the outcome of the initial survey (which closes at the end of February), we will then consider arranging a wider survey for Radyr and Morganstown residents.
NB: If you live on any of the relevant streets, but haven't received a letter from us, please contact our office.
As always, we will keep you posted.
Update (3 March): the survey is now closed.
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].
According to the Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC), there are many groups, projects and activities taking place in our communities that are beneficial to health and wellbeing. The Council wants to find out what is happening in areas across Cardiff, build awareness and encourage people to make full use of what is available in their communities.
You can help them with this process, by attending their Let's Talk event at Radyr Comprehensive School between 10.00am and 12.00pm on Saturday, 23 November.
You can also take part in their online survey, here.
Want to know more? You can contact C3SC on 029 2048 5722.
What is C3SC?
Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) is the County Voluntary Council for Cardiff – the umbrella infrastructure organisation for the third sector in the City. C3SC’s key role is to provide specialist advice, support, and information to local third sector organisations on issues that affect them, including funding and governance.
C3SC is the voice of the third sector in Cardiff.
We have received the following bilingual message from the School Organisation Planning team at Cardiff Council. Please note the opportunity for you to respond to the consultation - and the drop-in sessions to be held during September and October:
21st Century Schools
As part of the planning agreement for the construction of the Plasdŵr development, a new primary school is being provided by the site developer to serve this first phase of the development, the wider area and some future housing developments that have also been planned.
The new school at Plasdŵr is proposed to be a two form entry primary school, with two language streams, organised as:
· One form of entry Welsh-medium (30 places per year group)
· One form of entry predominantly English-medium, with significant use of Welsh (30 places per year group)
This means that there would be 420 primary school places in total.
There will also be 48 part-time nursery places for the Welsh-medium stream and 48 part-time nursery places for the English-medium stream.
The proposed changes would take effect from September 2021.
A public consultation on the proposed new school is taking place from 9 September – 28 October 2019.
The Council is keen that as many people as possible are aware of the consultation. We would like people to be informed on how to find out more about what is being proposed and how to express their views on it.
How can you find out more and let us know your views?
Details of the consultation, how to have you say, and an online response form can be found on the Council’s website at www.cardiff.gov.uk/Plasdwrschool
As part of the consultation we have organised drop-in sessions and a public meeting that you can attend if you would like us to explain the suggested changes to you and for you to ask us questions.
Drop in Session
Drop in session
Monday 16th September,
10.00 – 11.30 am
Redrow site office, Clos Parc Radur, Radyr
Monday 30th September, 6.30 – 8.00pm
Radyr Comprehensive School
Drop in session
Tuesday 1st October, 10.00 -11.30am
Fairwater Leisure Centre
Drop in session
Thursday 3rd October, 5.00 -7.30pm
Drop in session
Monday 7th October,
The consultation will end on 28 October 2019.
Hard copies of the consultation document are available at Central Library, Radyr Library and Fairwater Hub.
Alternatively, if you would like a hard copy of the consultation document sent directly to you please contact the School Organisation Planning Team.
Phone: 029 2087 2720
School Organisation Planning
Ysgolion yr 21ain Ganrif
Fel rhan o’r cytundeb cynllunio ar gyfer adeiladu datblygiad Plasdŵr, mae ysgol gynradd newydd yn cael ei darparu gan ddatblygwr y safle i wasanaethu’r tai yng ngham cyntaf y datblygiad, yr ardal ehangach a pheth datblygiadau tai yn y dyfodol sydd hefyd wedi eu cynllunio.
Bydd yr ysgol newydd ym Mhlasdŵr yn ysgol gynradd â dau ddosbarth mynediad, gyda dwy ffrwd iaith, wedi’u trefnu fel a ganlyn:
· Un dosbarth mynediad cyfrwng Cymraeg (30 lle fesul grŵp blwyddyn)
· Un dosbarth mynediad Saesneg yn bennaf sy’n defyddio’r Gymraeg yn sylweddol (30 lle fesul grŵp blwyddyn)
Golyga hyn y ceid cyfanswm o 420 o leoedd i gyd.
Bydd hefyd 48 o leoedd rhan amser yn y feithrinfa ar gyfer y ffrwd Gymraeg a 48 o leoedd meithrin ar gyfer y ffrwd Saesneg.
Byddai’r newidiadau arfaethedig yn cael eu rhoi ar waith o fis Medi 2021.
Mae ymgynghoriad cyhoeddus ar yr ysgol newydd arfaethedig yn cael ei gynnal o 9 Medi tan 28 Hydref 2019.
Mae’r Cyngor yn awyddus bod cymaint o bobl â phosibl yn ymwybodol o’r ymgynghoriad. Hoffem ni i bobl gael gwybod yr hyn sy’n cael ei gynnig, ac i allu lleisio eu barn ar yr hyn sy’n cael ei gynnig.
Sut mae cael mwy o wybodaeth a rhannu eich barn gyda ni?
Gallwch ddod o hyd i fanylion llawn yr ymgynghoriad, gwybodaeth am sut i ddweud eich dweud, a ffurflen ymateb ar-lein ar wefan y Cyngor yn www.caerdydd.gov.uk/ysgolplasdwr
Fel rhan o’r ymgynghoriad rydym wedi trefnu cyfarfod cyhoeddus a sesiynau galw heibio y gallwch fynd iddynt os hoffech chi i ni esbonio’r newidiadau awgrymedig i chi ac i chi ofyn cwestiynau i ni.
Sesiwn Galw Heibio
Sesiwn Galw Heibio
Dydd Llun 16 Medi
10.00 – 11.30 am
Swyddfa safle Redrow, Clos Parc Radur, Radur
Dydd Llun 30 Medi, 6.30 – 8.00pm
Ysgol Gyfun Radur
Sesiwn Galw Heibio
Dydd Mawrth 1 Hydref 10.00 – 11.30am
Canolfan Hamdden y Tyllgoed
Sesiwn Galw Heibio
Dydd Iau 3 Hydref 5.00 – 7.30pm
Sesiwn Galw Heibio
Dydd Llun 7 Hydref ,
Bydd yr ymgynghoriad yn dod i ben ar 28 Hydref 2019.
Bydd copïau caled o’r ddogfen hon ar gael yn y Llyfrgell Ganolog, Llyfrgell Radur a Hyb y Tyllgoed.
Fel arall, os hoffech gael copi caled o’r ddogfen ymgynghori wedi’i hanfon atoch yn uniongyrchol, cysylltwch â’r Tîm Cynllunio Trefniadaeth Ysgolion.
Ffôn: 029 2087 2720
Cynllunio Trefniadaeth Ysgolion
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.
The preliminary results of our survey are in! And the news is not good...
Just over 70% of you disagree, or strongly disagree, with the following statement: 'My phone always works well wherever I am in Radyr and Morganstown'.
And almost 83% of you agree, or strongly agree, that the signal strength in Radyr and Morganstown needs to be improved:
This is where the residents of Radyr and Morganstown use their phones:
And this is what they think of the signal strength in some of those places:
Over 66% of you think the signal is poor or terrible in Station Road:
54% find the signal at Radyr Station to be poor or terrible:
And 66% of you think the signal is poor or terrible where you live.
The survey is now closed.