1. Bench Location, Fforrdd Treforgan, Morganstown
The Environment Committee asked me to scope the best location. This is agreed and I am providing coordinates.
2. Bethel Chapel and Graveyard, Morganstown
I have facilitated a meeting of 14 local residents to discuss concerns about the impoverished condition of Bethel Chapel and its graveyard. I also invited Cllr Cook and Charles, as fellow Morganstown Ward Councillors. Local residents may form a Trust to look after the graveyard and are looking to secure the building's future. I spoke to the owner; he will consider selling the site to the community or a private developer or business. Whilst, not a formal RMCC group, in depth minutes are available on request. Community Councillors will be invited to visit the site.
3. Memorial Stone Bus Shelter, Morganstown
Local Consultation: I have visited and described the proposal to householders in Graig Wen and 14 residents at the Bethel Chapel group. The response has been 100% positive! Residents have started an FB group to gather stories of local people and this will be linked to a film project from JOMEC. I have had cost indications from similar projects and they are within the proposed budget.
4. Update on Roadside Improvement Scheme, Radyr and Morganstown
4. i. Learning Walk: The Road Safety Working Group had hoped to undertake a learning walk, to visualise Roadside Improvements for all of Radyr and Morganstown, to augment Cardiff Council's Road Improvement Scheme. The walk is 6 miles, from Ynys Bridge to Llantrisant Road and back and also taking in Bryn Derwen and De Clare Drive. However, the weather has been rather inclement! If any Councillors would like to join us, please advise.
4. ii. Community Lamp Post Banners: Cardiff Council's Transport Minister and Transport Department have agreed to receive our proposals for Community Banners on Lamp posts to build a 'Village-feel' and reinforce Radyr and Morganstown as a 20mph and 'Active-Travel' Village.
4. iii. 20mph Competition Design: Sustrans, Living Streets and Brake have agreed to provide staff/volunteers to visit all 5 Schools to promote our 20mph Design competition. Head Teachers and Art Teachers have also welcomed it. A report will be provided for the March Council.
4. iv. Community Message Banners: Cardiff's Transport Minister and Transport Department are very keen to work with the Community Council in delivering this local infrastructure, to build social consensus on road safety, active travel and a village-feel. A meeting is being arranged to discuss permissions and the parameters of the project, such as advertising and road safety enhancement. I will liaise with Finance on any updates on costs.
4. iv. Village Entry Planter Motif/Message: Pugh's have agreed to meet to discuss sponsoring, developing and maintaining the 'Village-entry' Planter Design at Ffordd Treforgan.
4. v. Memorial Shelter Feasibility Actions: following consultations and a Land Registry Search, I am working with the Welsh Office on potential for land transfer; also, with Welsh Water and BT on groundworks issues. Cemex have been approached for contributions in kind. I have spoken with local Stone Mason, Paul Griffiths, who will give advice and assistance. His family helped build MVH. He built the Lime Kilns' arches and Memorial Stone, with contributions from the Cemex Quarry. I have retained the interest of the Architect/Artist who we would like to instruct to develop the Memorial Stone Bus Shelter and patio with active travel features in Morganstown. Should we wish to proceed, she will re-quote, directly to the Clerk. I have connected with the Public Relations Manager at Cemex and will meet soon.
4. vi. Road Improvement Stage One: An 'are you ready for 20mph' feature is will be submitted to the Radyr Chain, May edition, to inform and educate residents on the new crossings and speed limit., to increase compliance.
Traffic Matters: ongoing work at the south end of Heol Isaf is described by Plasdwr as:
“From w/c March 2nd our contractors, Alun Griffiths, will start removing the current Heol Isaf roundabout and replacing it with a new, four-way signalised junction as part of the infrastructure improvements for Plasdwr. While this work is taking place, the two original lanes on Llantrisant Road will be closed and traffic will use the newly constructed lanes on the northern side of the carriageway, where a temporary mini roundabout will be created allowing traffic to travel as normal along Llantrisant Road. Traffic travelling from Heol Isaf will be able to use the temporary roundabout to turn right onto Llantrisant Road, heading towards Llantrisant. To head left towards Cardiff, traffic from Heol Isaf will use the newly constructed slip road to bypass the roundabout altogether. There will be no left turn at the roundabout for traffic coming from Heol Isaf. These arrangements are expected to be in place until the new junction is complete in summer 2020”
The closure for 11 weeks of Heol Pant y Gored will mainly inconvenience residents of Pentyrch and Creigiau but it will add to traffic on Heol Isaf; this could have been managed better with some local consultation. Cardiff Council has issued a white paper on traffic issues and it contains some good ideas while suffering from no information on how to pay for necessary measures such as the Metro.
Council budget: this will be set at the end of February and a consultation document is available in Radyr Library.
Footpath 41: this footpath from Plasdwr to the steps on Heol Isaf near Radyr Comp is well used but the surface is in a poor state. I have requested an inexpensive upgrade.
Radyr Library: In addition to existing range, it now hosts “digital sessions” each Friday between 2 and 4
Planning application 20/00187: R+MCC and I are working with community representatives from Danescourt and Llandaff to oppose this application for De Braose Close; it would impact Radyr Woods.
Coronavirus: Cardiff Council is working with Public Health Wales; I can provide a link
Bryn Deri: Staff and pupils are to be commended on another fine inspection report all our local schools are in green category
Welsh Water: investigation of the local water network may result in brown discolouration of tap water; this is harmless but I can give contact details to any concerned resident.
Storm Dennis: the cricket ground is flooded and various trees have been blown b down but we are lucky to have suffered less than near neighbours. We thank council staff and emergency workers who gave quick responses.
County Councillor Rod McKerlich, 14th February 2020
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