Community Council News
There can be little doubt that traffic problems have hit the headlines over the past few weeks. Local social media sites have been busy with complaints about delays for motorists, especially during peak travel times. This is, of course, primarily a matter for Plasdwr and Cardiff Council. We have, however, had frequent discussions about this issue with the developers - whilst posting any fresh information on our website. There is, of course, a degree of inevitability about this situation - as 6,000 homes are built on our doorstep - but the failure to deploy adequate, sensible, optimally timed traffic lights at the road works on Llantrisant Road constitutes a significant low-point for Plasdwr and its contractors.
As we reported on our website (in June) these road works will be with us until at least the summer of 2020. We will press Plasdwr for a 'lessons learned' report, arising from the serious inconvenience caused to residents in recent weeks - along with plans for how they will seek to minimise disruption in future.
In the meantime, we continue to liaise with Cardiff Council about road improvements within Radyr and Morganstown - with a view to making our roads safer - and making as pleasant as possible the public spaces through which our main roads pass. To this end, we have developed ideas with regard to the Station Road area - which we hope to share with the community in the near future.
Many readers will have seen the new Nextbikes station outside McColls on Station Road. This is aimed at encouraging more of us to chose an active travel option as we move around our community and the city. Have you used Nextbikes? Let us know way you think, by contacting us through our website.
Our work to improve the children's' playground near Drovers' Way continues. We recently held a site meeting with Cardiff's drainage officials, following which a solution to the problem of mud and water flowing across the playground was developed. This work should be undertaken before the end of January - and then, at last, the new play equipment will be installed.
At the same time, Cardiff Council has agreed to undertake a feasibility study, to consider altering the tarmac play-area (near the Drovers' Way playground) into a 3G Multi-use Games Arena. This would be fantastic news for children and youngsters across Radyr and Morganstown.
We have also issued invitations to local organisations and experts to work with us to develop ideas with regard to providing facilities and opportunities for our young people. An important part of this work will be engaging with youngsters across the community - to find out what they think of Radyr and Morganstown - and what they think should be done to improve life for them.
We have met with several officials across Cardiff Council to discuss the ideas we submitted for their infrastructure ideas list. These ranged from installing proper bus shelters to a new community hall on the Mound Field. Times are very hard, financially, of course, but we will keep you posted about any developments. And we will continue to liaise with Cardiff Council to ensure that our proposals are borne in mind as and when money becomes available. You can see our infrastructure proposals on our website (just search for 'infrastructure' on our site).
We have a new piano at the OCR! The old one had a broken sustain pedal - and was beginning to sound very muffled! We hope that groups using the OCR will enjoy the new instrument!
Our lunch club continues to meet at Radyr Golf Club - where we always receive a very warm welcome and some very tasty meals. This meets on Wednesday lunchtimes, twice a month. Lunches are followed by a talk (we've heard about the work of GCHQ, the history of maps and much more). Please contact our office if you would like to attend. You will be very welcome!
We continue our work at Pentwyn Park, where steps have been taken to clear the footpath of the large puddles that collected there following rain. We are also working to rebuild the wall between the park and the car park situated behind the adjacent flats.
Work at Radyr Woods continues, also. This is a hugely valuable resource - but we are short of volunteers to help develop and maintain the site. Please contact us if you would like to help.
We objected recently to the proposed development of 45 homes in woodlands behind Danescourt. This woodland is part of the glorious wooded footpath that leads from Radyr to Llandaf. You can see our objection on our website (search for Taff Housing).
Cllr Huw Onllwyn Jones
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council