I hope that all are keeping well - and that the precautions to combat the Coronavirus outbreak have kept you safe.
For its part, the Community Council has continued to operate the best it can - but with the lockdown in place, we have had to limit our activities. To this end, our clerks have continued to work (but from their homes); the Old Church Rooms remains closed - and council meetings were postponed temporarily.
At the time of writing, however, we will in the very near future begin operating in accordance with new, emergency regulations, which will enable us to meet (via Zoom) and to restore accountability to the entire council. We look forward to doing so.
We have remained in touch with Cardiff Council about a number of issues, including road safety. As with many other issues, the Coronavirus outbreak may lead to delays.
The latest news with regard to the three new zebra crossings (near Heol Syr Lewis, Ty Mynydd Close and Rectory Close) is that the scheme is currently at the tender stage, with an extended tender period to allow for the lockdown and the impact this has had on the Contractors and their suppliers. We understand that the tenders will be evaluated at the end of June, following which Cardiff Council hopes to have a construction programme agreed with the successful tenderer by the end of July. At present, construction works are anticipated to start in the late summer.
Our Road Safety Working Group (chaired by Cllr Webster) met on 20 May - and work will begin again in relation the group's agenda of road safety, active travel and place-making. This includes the need to improve the Station Road area - a matter explored in our recent consultation with residents who live there.
In order to make progress with this issue, Cllr Rod McKerlich has asked Cardiff Council to undertake an appraisal of traffic flows and car parking in the area, which would encompass Station Road, Kings Road, Kings Avenue, Radyr Station, Windsor Crescent and De Clare Drive. He has emphasised to Cardiff that this is an important shopping area, as the current emergency makes clear - and that nothing should be done to undermine the businesses who operate there (and, in fact, that they should be supported by making Station Road safer and more attractive).
He has also emphasised that there are other issues affecting the area, including access to Radyr Station, the access needs of nearly 800 properties at the Sidings, car parking and the increased numbers of cyclists, pedestrians and joggers. We await Cardiff's response.
In the meantime, Cardiff Council is addressing the need to review the layout of the city's shopping areas, to make them safer during the coronavirus crisis (https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cardiff-roads-busy-shopping-areas-18219254). Again, Cllr Mckerlich has been in touch with Cardiff Council about this - and would like to see them consider Station Road as part of that work.
We continue to await news from Cardiff Council with regard to an innovative scheme to combat HGV traffic passing through Radyr and Morganstown - as well as news with regard to the proposed closure of Golf Club Lane - and the refurbishment of the Drovers Way playground. In addition, our proposed meeting with the owner of Bethel Chapel has been postponed - again, because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
We continue to work to rebuild the wall between Pentwyn Park and the adjoining flats, following work to improve drainage of the footpath. We have a number of legal niceties to resolve.
Readers will be delighted to know that Cllr Rod McKerlich will serve as Cardiff's next Lord Mayor. Cllr McKerlich is the Chair of our Finance Committee and a long-standing member of the Community Council, having served as Council Chair on several occasions. We are sure that residents will agree that this is an honour which Cllr McKerlich thoroughly deserves. Rod will be an excellent ambassador for Wales’ Capital City - and will win us many new friends at home and abroad. Congratulations, Cllr McKerlich!
Cllr Huw Onllwyn Jones
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council