Community Council News
Once again, it's been a busy period for the community council.
In May I was appointed as Chair. I've lived in Radyr since 2002, with my wife and our teenage son. I am a retired civil servant (having worked for the Welsh Government) and a season ticket holder with Cardiff City.
A huge thank you must go to our retiring Chair, Cllr Ralph Vaughan - who held the position for two years and led the council very well indeed.
Councillors - and the council's staff - have been dealing with the following issues:
We met with Cardiff Council planning officials to discuss our concerns that views sent to them by Radyr and Morganstown residents sometimes seem to be ignored as planning applications are considered. We were assured that this is not the case; promised straightforward guidance on those issues which are material considerations with regard to planning applications - and agreed to meet on a regular basis to discuss planning from a general perspective - as well as the impact of the Plasdwr development on our neighbourhood.
In the meantime, we wrote to Cardiff to support local residents' objection to an application to build seven houses at Springfield Gardens, in Morganstown.
Our work on road safety continues. Cllr Rod McKerlick has led on this issue for many years - and his excellent work is now supplemented by our Road Safety Working Group, led by Cllr Kieran Webster. We have had several meetings with Cardiff Council's transport officials (which were arranged for us by Cllr McKerlich). These resulted in a number of proposals, such as three extra zebra crossings on Heol Isaf and Ty Nant Road - and the proposed 20mph limit for Radyr and Morganstown. We continue to press for more road improvements. The working group is also discussing safer cycling with Sustrans - and developing ideas to give the road through Radyr and Morganstown more of a village-feel, to remind drivers that they are driving through a densely populated area - not along a rural road.
We worked closely with Cardiff Council to mitigate the impact of the closure of Llantrisant Road (for three weeks, from 22 July). This saw the Council reversing its decision to lift the ban on HGV travel through Radyr and Morganstown during the road-work period. We also made sure that the residents of Clos Parc Radur would have easy access to the road network during this period.
We have launched a new system to book rooms in the Old Church Rooms. The process will be entirely on-line - and easy to use. The new system can be found on our website - and must be used to book events to be held from September onwards.
At the end of July, contractors will lay a new floor in the Garth Room. This will be a wood-effect finish - giving the room a lighter and more contemporary look. We are also buying a new piano for the hall - as the fifteen year old model slowly falls apart.
Our new website is up-and-running - and going from strength to strength. Please visit it at www.radyrandmorganstown.org. to find out about our work, local news and more.
It includes our first online survey, which is seeking views about the adequacy of mobile phone signal strength in and around Radyr and Morganstown. To date, the responses suggest that we are poorly served. Please take part in the survey - so that we can get as good a picture of the service as possible. We can then present the findings to Ofcom Wales - and ask them to ensure that we get a better service.
We also have a busy Twitter feed, here: @RandMCCouncil.
Dog poo remains a problem! Some dog owners don't seem to get it! Dog poo is disgusting! Radyr Beavers have installed dog poo bag dispensers in many of our parks - so now there is even less of an excuse to leave your dog's poo where people can tread in it. So if you're one of the minority of dog owners who don't clean up after your beloved pooch, please start doing so!
Someone dumped a felled tree in our park in Pentwyn! This is quite dangerous. Any children exploring that corner 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.
Work continues in Pentwyn Park. We have installed a drainage gully and a soak-away to reduce flooding on the path. We are also developing plans to install a retaining wall between the park and the car park behind the flats on Cae'r Graig. A huge thanks must go to Cllr Helen Jones for her hard work over many years, leading on this and countless other environment projects.
Work continues to redevelop the children's playground at Clos Parc Radur (where much of the equipment has been removed, after the footings were rusted away by mud and water flowing over the playground). We want to prevent the flow of mud and water before installing new equipment. A drainage survey has beeen 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 Cardiff Council to find the money to undertake the drainage works.
A huge thank you needs to go to local resident Jamie Grundy for his work in setting up a crowd-funding campaign to 'fill the final quarter' of the playground. The community council, Cardiff Council and the Parc Radyr Managemnrnt 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. Thanks, also, to all those who contributed to the crowd-funding campaign - which recently passed its target of £2,500.
Our lunch club at Radyr Golf Club continues to provide opportunities for residents to meet over a plate of warming food - and to enjoy guest speakers and the occasional quiz. All are welcome! See our website, or contact our clerk, for more information.
We have a vacancy for a new councillor. The deadline for applications was 8 August - and we'll let you know when we appoint a new councillor.
Congratulations, also, to the Radyr and Morganstown Association for their amazing work in raising £12,000 for Action for Children. They do this by arranging the R&M festival - so be sure to support next year's events. And, if you want to help the RMA with its work, you can get in touch with them via their website.
A Welsh language version of this report is available on our website (under 'Our work' / 'The Chair's Blog').
Cllr Huw Onllwyn Jones
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council